Attack on Arizona Utility Lines knocks half of Arizona Offline & without Communications
by Rob Richardson, Off Grid Survival The internet and communication lines went dead in Arizona on Wednesday, after someone vandalized an underground fiber optics line that controls area services. The incident is raising nationwide concerns over how secure our Infrastructure is to terrorist attacks. Cell phones, internet, electronic transactions, ATM machines, and even police communication networks were all affected as half of Arizona was plunged into a communications blackout on Wednesday. In what police are currently classifying an act of vandalism, someone managed to severe an entire fiber optic cable that provides vital services to almost half the state.
Phoenix police are investigating how someone managed to gain access to the cable, but they are not commenting on whether this could have been an act of terrorism.
Phoenix police say a CenturyLink fiber-optic cable in the Interstate-17 corridor was cut completely cut through. The cable is near a riverbed in an area that the company admits isn’t easily accessible to vehicles. It carries signals for cellphone, television and Internet providers that serve northern Arizona.
According to a study by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a relatively small coordinated attack in each of the nation’s three separate electric systems could cause the entire power grid to collapse.
The danger was exposed late last year when an unknown group of people was able to successfully penetrate a San Jose, California power substation, strategically cutting fiber optic cables and then firing over 100 rounds of ammunition into ten transformers. The fact that these small-scale attacks can cause so much damage, as highlighted by the Arizona attack on Wednesday, shows how vulnerable the entire system really is.
What can you do to Prepare for an attack on our Infrastructure?
In my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, I devote a lot of time to this specific topic. As the public becomes increasingly dependent on internet technology, I believe it’s only a matter of time before we are all affected by our dependence on these systems.
Stock up on Food & Water: During a prolonged grid-down emergency, food and water are going to be the most important items you can have. Our entire food delivery system is incredibly dependent on the grid; if something were to take down that system, you would see major shortages and supply chain problems in very short order. Now is the time to stock up on long-term food and water.