According to a report from The Guardian, the BBC has prepared scripts to inform the public and keep people calm if a "major loss of power" occurred causing phone networks, internet access, home electricity, traffic signals, and more to fail.
The scripts advise people to use battery-powered or car radios to listen for emergency broadcasts on frequencies typically reserved for Radio 2 and Radio 4. Updates would be given from the UK's emergency broadcast center with half-hourly news bulletins every half hour and a “music service” on Radio 4.
The scripts inform citizens about steps the government would take to get supplies out and power turned back on. It also warns people that hospitals and police could experience "extreme pressure" with blackouts lasting up to two days.
Luckily the scripts are only drafts written as part of routine emergency planning training to deal with hypothetical scenarios. But this one is a bleak reminder of the energy crisis.
\u201cSo the BBC are preparing secret scripts to read on air if there are energy blackouts this winter.\n\nNothing to see here...\u201d
In a national emergency, like a country-wide blackout, the BBC would be instrumental in distributing information. The UK government works directly with the BBC to help give out information in the event of national emergencies.
But when it comes to winter blackouts, the government says it's not worried this will be a real scenario.
The National Grid, however, did warn UK residents that blackouts could be imposed on “really, really cold” winter weekdays in January and February if Europe cuts gas exports.
John Pettigrew, the head of the National Grid, said at the Financial Times' Energy Transition Summit that electricity and gas may be switched off on the "deepest, darkest evenings" if the war in Ukraine causes a greater loss in energy supplies.
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