The emergency alert despatched out Saturday morning startled many in Los Angeles County when it hit their good telephones with a loud alarm and vibration.
“Chevy Chase Canyon residents safely evacuate your own home and proceed to evacuation website positioned at Glendale Group School Parking Lot B.”
It’s unclear what number of bought the alert, however it was obtained by folks as distant as Lengthy Seaside and West Covina.
But it surely turned on the market was no emergency. The alert was despatched out in error as a part of a preplanned security drill.
A couple of minutes later, Glendale despatched out a observe up: “Disregard security alert for Chevy Chase Canyon. Coaching train solely.”
Glendale officers adopted up on Twitter to say the train was over. “There was an error within the tech used to ship out this mornings message. We’re working to treatment this problem. Updates to observe,” town stated.
Different companies reached out to alarmed residents by way of Twitter: “In the event you obtained this textual content alert, be suggested this was solely A DRILL. No motion required,” Pasadena stated on Twitter.
Emergency alerts on telephones can present lifesaving steerage for fires, floods and different disasters. However they will additionally go unsuitable. In 2018, a false alarm warning of an incoming missile was triggered by a authorities worker in Hawaii who bought confused throughout an unplanned drill and thought the state was actually beneath assault.
On Saturday morning, many have been questioning what went unsuitable in Glendale.
“It will have been much less upsetting to have woken up on hearth than getting this textual content messages right here in Pomona, nice job,” one individual tweeted to Glendale officers.