The term “Black Sky” or “Black Sky Hazard” refers to an event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures. A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations. Think electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or space weather in the form of a massive solar flare, for starters. Given the interconnected nature of today’s hyper-complex societies, a “BLACK SKY” event would “bring society to its knees” in very short order.
Heroes do not always wear a uniform. They reveal themselves in times of emergency and the reality is they come in all shapes and sizes. We often call these unseen heroes Nation Makers. People that saw a need in their community and have taken it upon themselves to do something and help to make the world, no matter how broken and lost, the type of world they want to see.
You may not think about it much, but America’s aging infrastructure is what allows us to live the lifestyle we are so hopelessly addicted to here in the United States. Thinking about our national infrastructure is probably not high on your list of every day priorities, but there are people that take it very seriously. And they are concerned.
“It is the policy of the United States to prepare for space weather events to minimize the extent of economic loss and human hardship.” That is the language used in Executive Order 13744, Coordinating Efforts To Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events, signed on October 13, 2016 by President Barack Obama. After years of Congress knowing about the problem and failing to take action, I was pleased to learn that the former President did what he could through the executive office to try and protect the critical infrastructure of our nation. However it is still up to Congress to set aside the funds to follow through and take action in support of the specifics laid out in this order. I’ve read for years about how everyone knows this is a threat, yet no one is willing to take action. Well, the former President did what he could do in response to a lack of action by Congress and now it’s our turn.
I am thrilled to share that we had a small hand in the creative process for Steven Konkoly’s latest work and soon to be juggernaut of a series, FRACTURED STATE. It is a tremendous honor to be associated with such a quality piece of work and an even better person. Konkoly blends the hard truths of reality that we discuss in this space all of the time like the interplay between natural resources, our environment and the economy into a thrilling, near future dystopian landscape that will surely pull you to the edge of your seat and keep you there throughout the story. Pre-order your copy today!
When the topic of preparedness comes up in conversation, the inevitable question from everyone we talk to is “What are you afraid of?” or “What worries you most?” Not always in an attacking manner. Some folks are genuinely interested. Our answer is always much the same. Read through to find out why we practice preparedness.