The White House (President Barack Obama) has issued a rather verbose Executive Order to be prepared for extreme space weather events, link here.
I just found out about this from “The Survival Mom” on Facebook (check my main blog today for a story about litigation against the blog for a hyperlink). The Survival Man correlated this to recent tensions with Russia and the possibility of cyberwar, exacerbated (especially on 10/13) by recent claims of Russia hacking the US election systems (sounds far-fetched because they are so decentralized). But a coronal mass ejection following a solar storm is a natural, not man-made, event.
There are about 72 hours from the time of a solar flare until the full coronal mass ejection arrives. Would forecasts predict major power outages? It's actually difficult to measure the CME's size until it reaches the "Lagrange point", which I believe is only a few hours before the event on Earth. Could the Storm Prediction Center of NOAA include these forecasts?
The Executive Order would seem to anticipate “Carrington Event”-sized coronal mass ejections. The Earth may have barely missed one in July 2012.