A scary half-hour in California as sirens blare; Follow-up text message warns of “civil emergency”

The Sacramento CBS affiliate reported last Friday:

Residents of California’s San Luis Obispo County received a series of unsettling erroneous emergency alerts as repairs were being made to a nuclear power plant’s siren system.

Emergency services manager Ron Alsop says a siren at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant began wailing Friday afternoon for no apparent reason. Crews had upgraded the siren earlier in the day as part of a revamp of the emergency system.

County officials issued an alert message indicating there was no emergency, but that unknowingly sent a vague alert to cellphones in the area with a special tone and a message that there was a “civil emergency” and people should “prepare for action.”

When county officials realized the gaffe, they issued a final message stating that there was no cause for alarm.

Here’s a link: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/06/27/diablo-canyon-emergency-alert-system-activates-for-no-apparent-reason/

 

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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