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Is the Department of Defense is shutting down the power grid? No.

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A social media fueled viral video is claiming the Department of Defense is planning to shutdown the entire power grid between November 4 and 6 for a communications drill.

Spoiler: it's not true.

The video warns the DOD will be using "an electromagnetic pulse" to shutdown the power grid.

Here's the deal: there is a drill happening, but the outcome is being greatly exaggerated.

The DOD put out a statement about the drill, saying, “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.”

The national grid will not be impacted. It will in fact have NO impact on your life.

“The average citizen will not even know this exercise is taking place. Our focus is to interoperate with the amateur radio community,” English told Snopes.

Carry on. 


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