I was reading about the big power outage in the southwest and several things come to mind. One, how did a minor error cause this huge cascade effect? Seems our energy grid is far more fragile and prone to failure than we realize. Second, after reading the litany of things that failed and the scrambling it caused, it's humbling and distressing to realize how dependent we are on technology to power our world. Imagine going a single day without using any electrical power. Third, consider this a another dry run for disaster preparedness. The not so fierce Hurricane Irene may have caused some over reaction but better safe than sorry and we learned how quickly people can evacuate when needed to.
Since this seems to be the season for catastrophes -next up earthquakes. Get your emergency kit together, make a plan if family gets separated and be ready for anything.