FLORIDA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO PROMOTE NATIONAL EMP PREPAREDNESS
F L O RI D A H O US E O F RE P RE S E N T A T I V E S
A memorial to the Congress of the United States, urging Congress to direct the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to request needed resources to protect and recover from the impacts of serious electromagnetic pulse threats and geomagnetic storms.
WHEREAS, geomagnetic storms are natural phenomena involving disturbances in the earth’s geomagnetic field caused by solar activity, and
WHEREAS, disruptions of electrical power caused by geomagnetic storms, such as the collapse of Quebec Hydro grid during the geomagnetic storm of 1989, have occurred many times in the past, and
WHEREAS, the Congressionally mandated Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack found, in its report delivered July 2004, that an enemy using a low-yield nuclear weapon detonated at a high altitude above the United States could make an electromagnetic pulse attack against the United States, and that an electromagnetic pulse attack has the potential to place our society at risk and to defeat our military forces, and
WHEREAS, Congress has commissioned other numerous hearings and reports on this issue, including, the House National Security Committee hearing on the EMP Threat, 1997; the House Military Research and Development Subcommittee hearing on the threat to the United States of potential EMP attacks, 1999; the creation of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, 2001; the congressional commission report, “Critical National Infrastructures,” 2008; the United States Navy Naval Sea Systems Command EMP program, 2010; the North American Electric Reliability Corporation/Department of Energy report, “High-Impact, Low-Frequency Event Risk to the North American Bulk Power System,” 2010; and the Department of Homeland Security testimony to a House Committee on Homeland Security, “The Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Threat: Examining the Consequences,” 2012, and
WHEREAS, in April 2013, an electrical substation in San Jose, California, was attacked with gunfire, leaving transformers disabled for nearly four weeks in an apparent attempt to disrupt power to Silicon Valley, raising questions about the vulnerability of power grids across the United States,
Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
That the United States Congress is urged to direct the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security to request needed resources to:
(1) Protect and recover from the impacts of serious electromagnetic pulse threats and geomagnetic storms in the United States; and
(2) Assure Congress and the American people that plans, resources, and implementing structures are in place to accomplish these objectives, specifically with respect to the electromagnetic pulse threat and the threat of geomagnetic storms.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be dispatched to the President of the United States, to the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, to the President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and to each member of the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.