Over the past few days mass-hysteria has been taking place on social media websites like Facebook and YouTube that we need to discuss.
A large number of people are making videos claiming that information was "leaked" about the Department of Defense plans to shut off the national electrical grid, turn off telephones, shut down cellular phone service, and shut down the internet tomorrow so that Antifa can continue with their plans to overthrow the government and kill American citizens and we will not be able to contact anyone for help.
This is complete and utter bullshit and is so far from the truth that it is incomprehensible to any sane, lucid, person who uses common sense and rationality when looking at things.
Lets take a look into the source of their claims of utter destruction that will cause millions of Americans to start dying tomorrow.
On October 2, 2017 the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which is the national association for amateur radio, posted an announcement to ARRL members on the ARRL.org website about the upcoming radio communications drill that will take place November 4th through the 6th.
During the drill, the ARRL radio operators and MARS radio operators will work together to practice emergency radio communications with each other on a nationwide level so that they are better prepared in the event of a future emergency.
This same type of training is done in every community across the country on a regular basis between amateur radio operators and local civil defense and emergency management organizations so that if a tornado, hurricane, or any other form of disaster happens, amateur radio operators are prepared to step in and assist emergency organizations, law enforcement, fire, EMS, and other first responders with their communications needs during the event.
In 2013, Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) operators started doing this same type of training between themselves every three months so that they are better prepared in an emergency to assist with the communications needs of the military.
Once each year the MARS radio operators and the ARRL radio operators join forces to conduct a joint training exercise to test nationwide radio communications between military and civilian radio organizations so that they are practiced at working together in a disaster situation to provide communications when all other forms of communications may be unavailable.
The posting from the ARRL website reads as follows: