It would be nice to know what kind of "drill" it will be. I mean, is this a blackout all over the U.S? Is it just in select cities? States? Counties only? If I lived in a big city, I'd like a huge heads up on what to expect. Are the police and/or National Gaurd going to go house to house? Just be a presence in the community to keep civil unrest to a minimum? I'd like a lot more detail on this.
A 48 hour power outage would kill a lot of elderly and young people. I doubt it will even occur. They might shut an area down for an hour and then move to the next but it would be a massive job to shut down all the power plants and generating stations at once and then fire them back up in any synchronized way so as to prevent brown-outs or worse problems.
I was trying to point out that reliability was a misnomer. What I described would be sensitive to all three types of EMP events.
The most reliable power is that which comes from your muscles - and it won't make much electricity.
My thought is, learn to do without electrical power.
I see where Obummer just had solar panels added to the White House.. I wonder if we should read between the lines.. Apparently they used to be there then Reagan had them removed. Now Odickhead had them added again...