Until noon today, Evanston will be participating in the statewide simulation of a communications grid breakdown due to severe thunderstorms and 100 mile winds, "Evanston Now" reports.
A statewide simulation of the aftermath of a super derecho, severe thunderstorms and 100 mile winds that knock out virtually all communications, is currently underway this morning in Evanston, Evanston Now reports. The article reports the simulation assumes a complete breakdown of landline, cell phone and internet service, in addition to complete electrical power loss and a shutdown of all nuclear power plants in Illinois. Evanston police and fire, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and ham radio operators are taking part in the test that lasts until noon, according to Evanston Now. Ham radio users would be the only individuals besides emergency personnel, to be able to communicate with the outside world during such a disaster.