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SOUND OFF: Pierce County locals react to Wednesday’s emergency alert system mishap

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm with No Comments »
June 12, 2013 8:57 pm

South Sound residents and others across Western Washington were confused Wednesday by emergency alerts on their cellphones that warned of flash flooding in the area – weather that was actually forecast for Puerto Rico.

Here’s what they had to say:

Shannon Ergun: “I got the alert four different times starting at about 1 p.m. I’m a teacher at Lincoln High School and one of my students got the alert just before I did. I started to reprimand him for having his phone out when my phone went off too.”

Sara Hurd: “I got a cell phone alert earlier this afternoon while I was at work in Tacoma. It said that there was a flash flood warning for the surrounding area. I thought it was funny and was startled at first. I just hope it doesn’t happen at 3 a.m. I got a blizzard alert to do when it was snowing up north.”

Cheri Gibbons: I was at work (in downtown Tacoma) this afternoon and my phone went a little crazy. Not a big inconvenience at all though. I didn’t really think that much of it because I got a couple other alerts by accident a couple months ago. Just kind of ignored it.”

Andrew Grimberg: “I was at home in Hilltop when I received it. I remembered a couple months back we got several of them all within a day or so. I was assuming the system was all screwed up again.”

Abbey Riehs: “My kids were napping. I was in Tacoma. I thought it was odd as I could see plenty of blue sky out my window. I wonder where it came from? I didn’t actually believe it, I just thought it was strange.”

Sound off yourself by emailing newstips@thenewstribune.com.



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