The notification, which sent shortly after 9 am, urged residents of Chevy Chase Canyon to “safely was evacuate your home and proceed to the evacuation site” at Glendale Community College.
Minutes later, city of Glendale tweeted: “THIS A DRILL: #MyGlendale is an evacuation exercise in Chevyse Canyon.”
Many people who were unnerved by the alert took to social media — at first to express their alarm, followed by bemusement or annoyance.
“Everyone in LA googling where Chevy Chase Canyon is right now,” Marissa Monticolo tweeted.
Everyone in LA googling where Chevy Chase Canyon is right now.
— Marissa Monticolo (@MMonticolo) May 14, 2022
“How stupid!” Diana Abraham said on Facebook. “Must have scared the people in that area unbelievably.”
About 30 minutes after the first notification, a follow-up was sent out that read: “Disregard evacuation message for Chevy Chase Canyon. Training exercise only.”
Officials later said the alert was not supposed to be distributed to such a wide area.
“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,” the city of Glendale said in a statement.
The drill had been planned for 8:30 am by the Glendale Fire Department and Chevy Chase Canyon Estates Association. Officials said the canyon has nearly 1,900 structures and 5,500 residents, and is marked by steep hillsides necessitating preparation for an evacuation in the event of a fire or other emergency.
City News Service contributed to this report.
THIS IS A DRILL: #MyGlendale is an evacuation exercise in Chevy Chase Canyon.
For those who live in the Chevy Chase Canyon: Safely evacuate your home and proceed to the evacuation site located at the Glendale Community College Parking Lot B: https://t.co/zjTZ6CMN6E
— City of Glendale, CA (@MyGlendale) May 14, 2022
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