It Was Just A Drill – Emergency Alert Surprises Southern California Residents

It was an exercise. It was just an exercise.

Residents across the area were surprised at 9 a.m. today when their cellphones played an emergency message urging Chevy Chase Canyon residents to ‘safely evacuate your home and get to the site located in parking lot B of Glendale Community College”.

About 40 minutes later, the City of Glendale issued a correction retracting the alert. In a later statement, he attributed the false alert to a software error.

“On Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., the City of Glendale conducted a planned evacuation drill in coordination with the Chevy Chase Canyon Association,” the statement read. “Due to a problem in the messaging software, incorrect messages have been distributed throughout Los Angeles County. The city is working with our partners to investigate.”

The exercise was planned to help residents and first responders prepare for a real emergency.

The statement included an apology “to anyone adversely affected by today’s message” from Glendale Fire Chief and Deputy City Manager Silvio Lanzas. The statement said Lanzas “emphasized that while the error in the message overshadowed the exercise itself, the importance of why we are conducting these exercises cannot be overstated.”

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