A viral video on Shantelle Mcbride’s Facebook page warning about the Department of Defense communications drill is just another Internet hoax
The video was posted 16 hours ago and has been viewed over 20,000 times
In the video, the sisters use three other Internet hoaxes as evidence
The two girls predict that people will die in three days if they are not prepared come November 4
The Internet is an amazing place. Right now a video from Shantelle Mcbride is going viral on social media. In the video, Mcbride states she has stumbled upon a something so nefarious it sounds like the plot of a terrible sci-fi movie, or Geostorm.
Mcbride and her sister have taken it upon themselves to warn the country that the Department of Defense will be conducting an EMP the likes the world has never seen. You are seeing this warning on Mcbride’s Facebook and not mainstream media because the infamous “they” don’t want to cause panic.
The two claim that you can go to the DoD website for information on this EMP. Looking through the DoD website, there is no mention of what is claimed in the video. They also claim the DoD will be shutting down the power grid from November 4 through November 6.
It just so happens that November 4 is the same day that Antifa is plotting a civil war, according to Kansas bounty hunter Jordan Peltz. Alt-right groups have pushed the false narrative that Antifa is trying to start a war for going on a couple months now.
In the video, the girls warn that if you do not stock up now, you will die. As it turns out, you will only be able to survive for three days. Why only three days? Apparently that is what these two sisters have gathered from all of their deep research.
The sister speaking goes on to talk about NASA announcing days of darkness in November, which is yet another hoax that has been going around the Internet for some time.
What the sisters are referring to in the video is an announcement on the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) website, which reads:
Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
“This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.
During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.
Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Saturday from 0300 to 0315 UTC. New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13,483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.
“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” English said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario.
The ARRL made a post on Facebook where they answered a lot of concerns in the comment section as conspiracies continue to grow.
In the comments, the ARRL replied the following:
Thanks everyone for speaking out on this. We are glad you are using our social media to express some questions and concerns about COMEX 17-4 and I hope I can clear up some of the misconceptions and rumors.
In this exercise Amateur Radio operators are conducting a routine training that we do four times a year. The purpose of the training is to prepared for an event we hope will never happen, but should be ready for if it ever does. These exercises are all about coordinating existing capabilities like amateur radio, and citizen volunteers like MARS members, to be a productive part of the solution in the event something like a severe solar storm ever happens.
To answer some of the questions:
a. Yes we will try to talk to Amateur Radio operators in all 3000+ counties in the United States. We hope all Amateur Radio operators will help us with that by tuning into 60 meter channel on on Saturday night (date/time noted in ARRL bulletin above)
b. No we will not **actually** be turning off the electrical power grid. While I strive for realism when planning exercises, turning off the electricity all across the US is way above my pay-grade, so we just have to simulating that.
c. No, we did not plan this to coincide with any particular protest. The date for COMEX 17-4 was set more than a year in advance. Keeping track of the various protest groups calendar of events is more than a little out of our lane.
d. Yes, will will actually practice a solar storm scenario, go off the air, protect our radio equipment. After the notional storm, we will practice using emergency power (at least for a little while just to say we can, but not long enough to waste gasoline since the electrical service will actually still work), and of course establish radio contact with Amateur Radio Operators throughout the United States.
e. No, there will not really be a solar storm. We are just simulating that too.
f. If you are a US citizen, YOU can help by becoming an Amateur Radio Operator. Check out www.arrl.org for information about becoming a ham. If you are already an Amateur Radio operator, learn as much as you can about using High Frequency radio. Build an effective station. Use the 60 meter band. Become proficient with your computer, learn to restore your software and operating system, learn how to set up and maintain basic networks. If you have done that, and want to do more, join MARS. Go to the link and fill out the on line form. http://www.usarmymars.org/home/applications-and-forms You will have to train, A LOT, use new digital modes and procedures. You will solve problems, and make a lot of new friends in your team. Most of all, you will be part of the solution to big problems like how to recover from a severe solar storm.
It would appear the two sisters either do not fact check anything they read, cannot understand the difference between real and fake, or literally just do not care and are just looking for 15 minutes of Internet fame. Regardless of what their reason is, you would probably be best to ignore their “friendly advice.”