On Mon. September 17th, 2018, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the conducting of their nationwide test for both the Emergency Alert System (EAS) AND Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) — scheduled for the backup date of Wed. October 3rd, 2018.
Initially scheduled for Thurs. September 20th, 2018, the nationwide test was then postponed due to “Hurricane Florence response efforts.” According to the FEMA press release: “The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.” There will also be the WEA test message that will be sent to cell phones who are connected to wireless providers.
Interestingly enough, not only is this the fourth EAS nationwide test, this will also be the first national WEA test — previous EAS tests were conducted as of November 2011, September 2016, and September 2017: As September is the FEMA “National Preparedness Month.”
According to TIME Magazine, nationwide system was designed to blast a message to all 225 million smart phones in the United States – and reach about 75% of the population.
But WHY have they targeted more than three-quarters of the nation? Could this be a TEST before the REAL ONE?
Are you noticing a pattern — considering how in September 2017, three major hurricanes struck the U.S. and Puerto Rico regions (Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria), along with record-breaking rains, record flooding, and power outages affecting over millions; and then right afterwards, FEMA conducted their nationwide EAS test as of September 27th, 2017?
And now 2018 — Hurricane Florence, “mosquito-pocalypse” in North Carolina with record flooding and power outages affecting over millions, and then finally, FEMA conducting their EAS test once again, this time on October 3rd, 2018…
Are all of these patterns just mere surprise or coincidence?