Several Los Angeles County residents were brutally woken from a day’s sleep this morning as an emergency alert to evacuate an area glendaleCalifornia slammed their phones.
“Chevy Chase Canyon residents safely evacuate your home and proceed to the evacuation site located in Glendale Community College Parking Lot B,” First Blast said.
Minutes later, Glendale sent out another tweet, again with a disturbing alarm sound: “Ignore safety warnings for Chevy Chase Canyon. Training practice only.”
Glendale is a city of approximately 200,000 located between the city of Los Angeles and Pasadena, California.
Red-faced city officials issued the following statement: “The city conducted a planned evacuation exercise in coordination with the Chevy Chase Canyon Association. Due to a glitch in the messaging software, the wrong message was delivered to Los Angeles County. The city to investigate.” working with our partners.
Residents are already worried throughout Southern California, as the traditional fire season begins in the drought-stricken region. Earlier this week, a brush fire caused by strong winds consumed 20 high-end homes in Laguna Niguel, Orange County.
No information was available about the number of phone owners who received the alert, but the message reached people throughout LA County. Cities around Glendale also sent their messages via social media, assuring the public that the Glendale alarm was false.