2016-11-16 National Governors Association

Preparing States for Extreme Electrical Power Grid Outages

The electrical power grid is the backbone of the U.S. economy and society, with most goods and services depending on its safe, secure and reliable operation. Increasingly, natural and human-made hazards pose risks to the grid, some of which could lead to lasting and widespread outages. Governors can play a unique role in preparing their states for outages by recognizing and planning for the specific threats that face their state, coordinating with key players and communicating plans with the public. Preparing States for Extreme Electrical Power Grid Outages highlights actions governors can take to better prepare their state for a potential prolonged and widespread electrical power outage.