Lights Out: A Cyber Attack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

From GoodReads: “In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.”

Judging by the number of books checked out from this library on prepping (preparing for a major disaster), this is a topic of hot interest. Renowned journalist Ted Koppel tells us why this should is an important interest and how much we fall short of being prepared for an attack on our electrical systems. It is evident from this book that many experts disagree on a number of important issues as to whether such a catastrophe could occur on a major level. Many agencies seem to be relying on the resources, plans or capabilities of other agencies.

Everyone agrees that extended damage to the electrical grid would have prolonged and devastating results. Most of our fundamental needs are tied to our electrical resources, water and sanitation being the most crucial. The loss of communication and transportation would soon follow. Koppel discusses a number of survival approaches taken by individuals in rural areas and the extensive efforts of the Mormon Church. He points out, however, how difficult it would be to apply these principles to a city such as New York. Koppel explores the role of government agencies in the area of preventing and managing a disaster.

-Review by Janet T., Reference Librarian

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