With the recent government shutdown by Congress and President Obama and GridEx II drill planned for November, many worry, something is going on.
WHAT IS GRIDEX II? Why do you care? On November 13-14, 2013, GridEx II will exercise NERC and industry crisis response plans and identify actionable improvement recommendations for plans, security programs, and skills. The scenario will build on lessons learned from GridEx 2011 and include both cybersecurity and physical security components.
GridEx 2013 is an electrical grid joint drill simulation which is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill.
Where is FEMA Region 3?
According to FEMA’s website Region 3 encompasses these areas:
Region III: DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV.
After FEMA was formed in 1979, Region III consolidated its Philadelphia offices in the Curtis Building on Independence Square, working from that location until 1985. In July 1999, Region III moved to its current location at One Independence Mall, 615 Chestnut Street.
Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney leads the Region III office, where 140 full-time employees and a cadre of 500 on-call Disaster Assistance Employees support the region’s response and recovery operations during a presidential disaster declaration.
The regional population ranges from densely urban in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to sparsely rural in the hills and valleys of West Virginia. The region is rich in history, with four of the original 13 colonies and the nation’s capital.
With speculation that foreign troops are on the ground in the United States, in particular Russian troops, Americans are uneasy to say the least.
However Factcheck.org posed a Q & A and here is what they said:
Q: Is Russia providing 15,000 troops to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency provide security for the U.S.?
A: No. A renewed agreement between the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA only allows for the exchanging of emergency management experts, not security or military personnel.
So what can you do to avoid harm? Although there is no right answer for this, it is usually safe to say if questioned by law enforcement officials be respectful and do not disobey simple direct orders. This will keep you from standing out and potentially being harmed. It is said the only way to a succesful revolution is through peace!