This NERC link says https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=GRID13E
Grid EX II blackout exercises planned for 11/13 and 11/14 2013 and the IRS website is already “down”…
Planned Outage: November 9 – November 12, 2013
This service will be unavailable beginning approximately 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 9, 2013 until approximately 7:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Tim Stone , a Euless TX resident and a Swamper at Polaris Oilfield Services wrote (possibly from a related NY Times article) a comment on a DFW Scanner Facebook post on November 6 about the DFW Urban Shield exercise…“I appreciate your information but you failed to mention the GRID EX11 Drill (update this link no longer works!!!) taking place on the 13th and 14th of this month. 15 major Energy Companies as well as over 150 other companies will be taking part in a drill mocking a full power grid shutdown simulating a solar flare or EMP. Power will be shut off for 2-5 days in the majority of the US. The purpose of the drill is to make sure we are better prepared for such a catastrophy and to observe how citizens handle losing means of communication and access to the supply chain. If anyone has a false fact to throw in, all I can say is do your research. Please make sure you are supplied with wood, matches, candles, baby and infant essentials, food, water, warm clothes and blankets, etc. Please spread the word to family and try to stay close to eachother during this drill. Thank you.”
So I will try to contact Tim Stone to let him know about this being a SIMULATED test.
But I do wonder how fast Arlington can buy & install that generator for our water works department that was approved November 5, 2013?