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U.S. and Russia Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Exercises Amid Rising Tensions

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 • Tamil Comments
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Both the United States and Russia have declared plans to conduct nationwide emergency alert exercises, heightening tensions amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. These actions come amidst Russian President Vladimir Putin's threats of nuclear escalation earlier this year.

The United States' Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a nationwide test of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) for televisions and radios, as well as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for mobile phones. This exercise will commence at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, with cell towers broadcasting a signal for around 30 minutes.

WEA-compatible wireless phones within range of an active cell tower and participating wireless providers will receive the test message. The EAS portion of the test is set to last about one minute. FEMA's objective is to ensure the continued effectiveness of these systems and enhance emergency readiness within communities.

On the other hand, Russian authorities have encouraged the public to remain calm during their nationwide emergency alert drill. They advised people to listen to information messages on publicly accessible TV or radio channels after hearing the sirens. These drills are conducted in Russia at least once a year to test the timely delivery of signals and information to the population during emergency situations.

The simultaneous announcements led to speculation about a potential "nuclear war preparation drill" in Russia. However, it's important to note that these exercises are not necessarily indicative of impending nuclear conflict and are carried out as part of routine emergency preparedness efforts.

The international community will be closely monitoring these drills amid ongoing geopolitical tensions.

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