Southern California residents were alerted by a push notification on Saturday morning to evacuate their homes. It was for residents of Chevy Chase Canyon, Glendale.
According to Glendale, however, “emergency”This is really just a drill.
“Public Safety Alert,”The message was understood. “Chevy Chase canyon residents safely evacuate your home and proceed to the evacuation site located at the Glendale Community College Parking Lot B.”
The push alert did not provide any details, but the City of Glendale did so via social media.
“THIS IS A DRILL: #MyGlendale is conducting an evacuation exercise in Chevy Chase Canyon,”The City’s Twitter statement reads. “For those who live in Chevy Chase Canyon: Safely evacuate your home and proceed to the evacuation site located at the Glendale Community College Parking Lot B.”
The “Public Safety Alert”It was not made clear that the evacuation was a drill. Residents who received it at 9:59 Saturday morning were alarmed.
Also, the alert was sent out to cellphones far away from Chevy Chase canyon. People as far as Santa Fe Springs (Santa Fe Springs), Hawthorne and Brentwood were able to tweet their confusion.
“I’m in Northridge,”One Twitter user stated the following: “I didn’t even know where Chevy Chase Canyon was.”
“Did this just go out to all LA County?”Ask another.
The City of Glendale provided a warning via its official Twitter account prior to the drill, issuing a statement approximately 20 minutes before it began.
Glendale Fire Department also sent out an advance warning Wednesday. It informed residents about the Saturday drill and provided a link to a brief video explanation.
However, the City of Glendale did provide an advance warning that was not widely shared beyond Twitter.
A little over 30 minutes later at 9:32 on Saturday morning, another push alert was issued through the emergency systems, informing of the error.
“Disregard evacuation message for Chevy Chase Canyon,”The second push alert was read. “Training exercise only.”
The same update was also added to the Twitter account of the city.
“There was an error in the tech used to send out this mornings message,”Twitter: The city spoke out. “We are working to remedy this issue. Updates to follow.”
The city issued its first ordinance at 10:30 a.m. An official statementExplain the error
“On Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 9:00 am, the City of Glendale conducted a planned evacuation exercise in coordination with the Chevy Chase Canyon Association,”This statement says. “Due to a glitch in the messaging software, incorrect messaging was distributed throughout Los Angeles County. The City is working with our partners to investigate.”
This statement reiterated the importance and necessity of emergency drills, even though it made an error.
Silvio Lanzas, the City’s Fire Chief and Deputy City Manager, “apologized to anyone negatively affected by today’s message,”According to the statement.
“As we saw last week in Laguna Niguel, our fire environment in Southern California is prime for another potentially active Fire Season. Ensuring the community is prepared is key to keeping our residents safe,” Lanzas said.
This emergency alert error was issued just days after a large fire at Laguna Niguel had destroyed 20 homes and damaged 11 others. It also came after several hours of brush fires in the vicinity of the 118 Freeway in Granada Hills that burned for many hours.