The Secure The Grid Minute

Enforcing the Law Without Electricity

October 23, 2017

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.  

Curiously, for the immense challenges facing Puerto Rico in the midst of its unprecedented blackout, there aren’t many in media who are willing to investigate how this cautionary tale could unfold on the U.S. mainland.  Yet, Puerto Rican residents confront the daily challenges that plague any modern society faced with an abrupt blackout. 

One such challenge is crime – which HAS been covered in some recent news reports.  Indeed, crime skyrockets when the lights go out. 

New York’s 1977 blackout, which lasted only 24hrs, resulted in the arrests of more than 4,500 looters, an estimated $300 million worth of property damage, and more than 550 law enforcement officers being injured in the line of duty. 

To learn more about the implications of a pro-longed blackout for law enforcement and everyday American citizens, and to learn what threats to our grid could cause such a scenario to unfold here on the mainland, go to