Ted Koppel, long time journalist and TV reporter, has currently a sobering book about……..electricity! Though the New York Times review frowned on Ted’s book (which he noted is not an analysis but rather a weaving of anecdotal tales), others have been taking him seriously. Here is what CNN has posted: http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/11/02/cyber-attack-u-s-power-grid-tedd-koppel-the-lead-live.cnn.
Regardless if it is from an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) explosion or computer cyber attack on utilities and smart grid controls, his work does think through what would happen if that daily living item we all take for granted- reliable electricity distribution- was out across residential, retail and government establishments for some time. Not that we all have to have a bug-out residence to live like a survivalist, but the book is probably a good promotion to get folks to think about remote energy and what they can have on hand if an earthquake, snow storm, terrorist, nuclear attack, etc… ended up taking out the road system grid in Alaska (or our small village micro grids that rely more and more on digital technology for their power generation).
If nothing else, it may be worth looking at some of the reviews. Think of taking a remote energy workshop. Put away a generator and other mechanical parts, possibly protected in a Faraday Cage….. And of course, irregardless of a nefarious attack as Ted imagines it, everyone should have a one week survival kit- including not only foods and first aid items but some sort of energy source(s) for heating, cooking and lighting!