False Alarm Scares The Hell Out Of Everyone 

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

While testing their emergency alert system, the University of Illinois sent out an erroneous alert to 87,000 devices. The vaguely worded alert read:

“Active shooter at BUILDING NAME/INTERSECTION. Escape area if safe to do so or shield/secure your location.”

The biggest problem here is their 12 minute delay in sending a follow-up, but another issue is the unspecified location. Thanks to that, everyone who got the alert had the thrill of being terrified, no matter where they were.


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