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FEMA, a federal agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, was implemented to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, manmade incidents, and terrorist attacks.
Occasionally, FEMA deems it appropriate to test the EAS, otherwise known as the Emergency Alert System, and the WEA system, which sends wireless emergency alerts to cellphones, to ensure all is in order.
“The wireless (WEA) portion of the test is going to be directed at all consumer cellphones tomorrow,” reports Glenn Beck.
Citizens with cellphones can expect to receive a text message in the language their phone, or “wireless handset,” is programmed to.
“I just would like to point out no one should be in charge of our Emergency Alert System that calls your cellphone a 'handset' or a 'wireless,'” says Glenn.
“This will be the second test that they've done to all cellular devices,” he explains. “It’s been like 12 years, 15 years since we’ve had a test.”
Which begs the question: why now? Why conduct a test tomorrow of all days?
“In completely unrelated news,” says Glenn sarcastically, “the former Soviet Union is also running a test, and they're running it today.”
“Their test is of the emergency, ‘holy crap, get out of your house; only a third of Russia is going to survive,’ nuclear blast test,” he continues.
Another completely unrelated fact is that our Emergency Alert System “was established in the Cold War when we realized, hey, we could all be dead in 18 minutes. So let's do a minute-long tone and then come out and say, 'Hey, by the way, we're going to give you some information here,'” says Glenn.
“So, anyway, nothing to worry about tomorrow.”
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