- US and Russia To Hold Nationwide Emergency Alert Drills on Same Day
by ISABEL VAN BRUGEN, https://www.newsweek.com/
The U.S. and Russia have both announced they will be holding nationwide emergency alert exercises on Wednesday. Tensions between Washington and Moscow have intensified throughout Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Putin issued vague nuclear threats in February over Western tank supplies to Ukraine.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, it will conduct a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for TVs and radios, and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for phones.
Cell towers will broadcast a signal for approximately 30 minutes, causing WEA-compatible wireless phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower and whose wireless provider participates in WEA, to receive the test message.