Both the United States and Russia have now announced that they will conduct nationwide emergency alert drills on Wednesday.
The full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin has heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow.
In February, Putin made clear nuclear threats in relation to the supply of Western tanks to Ukraine.
The public has been urged by Russian officials to “remain calm” during Wednesday’s national emergency alert practice.
Despite the fact that Russia conducts civil defense exercises every year, this will be the first time they are this massive.
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) for TVs, radios, and phones as well as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) for phones will be tested nationally starting at around 2:20 p.m. ET, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States.
Cell towers will transmit a signal for roughly 30 minutes, which will cause WEA-compatible wireless phones to receive the test message if they are turned on, nearby an active cell tower, and whose wireless operator is a WEA participant.
The news comes as tensions between the two nuclear powers have risen to heights unseen since the very height of the cold war over continued U.S. financial and military support to Ukraine.