Citizens of Florida City Wake Up To Government Alert About Zombie Activity During Blackout
From a few days ago. This should be in our “strange” category but it was all too real and has to do with government so decided to put in ‘news’.
Earlier this year, Hawaii accidentally sent out an alert warning everybody that a missile was inbound. It firmly stated that citizens should seek shelter immediately because “THIS IS NOT A DRILL”.
People took it extremely seriously. Panic and, ahem, “other activities” ensued.
— IFLScience (@IFLScience) May 23, 2018
It was a mistake, a human error. No missiles were inbound, and everybody was safe.
This week, a city in Florida sent out an even more terrifying warning, during a freaking blackout. Lake Worth used their push alert system to send out a message warning residents that zombies were headed their way, at 1.45 in the morning.
Residents who received the alert would have been woken by the message, in all caps:
“POWER OUTAGE AND ZOMBIE ALERT FOR RESIDENTS OF LAKE WORTH AND TERMINUS. THERE ARE NOW FAR LESS THAN SEVEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY CUSTOMERS INVOLVED DUE TO EXTREME ZOMBIE ACTIVITY. RESTORATION TIME UNCERTAIN.”
The alert, as you’ve guessed, was not linked to any zombie outbreak. If it was, you’d be hearing about it from international news outlets, the screams of strangers as they clamber for a bunker, or some guy saying “brains” over and over again as they try to get into your house.
It must have been pretty alarming for people waking up at nearly 2.00am, because the power outage really was real.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) May 22, 2018
The city’s public information officer, Ben Kerr, cleared up the mess on the community Facebook page Lake Worth Live, the Palm Beach Post reports.
“We are looking into reports that the system mentioned zombies,” he said in the post.
“I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity currently and apologize for the system message.”
Power was soon restored, probably because there weren’t any zombies to deal with beforehand.
People have questions. Mainly this.
But why do they have a zombie alert setting? That's my real question https://t.co/78zF0v3ZMT
— Your favorite problematic fave (@Karnythia) May 23, 2018
There hasn’t been an update on what happened as yet, but the “terminus” line in the alert is a reference to a location in the TV show The Walking Dead, which hasn’t gone unnoticed.
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) May 22, 2018
So the mistake is likely due to the department responsible testing out some “fun” warning alerts, which accidentally went live during a real power outage.
Bizarrely, this isn’t the only zombie government mixup to have happened this month. On May 17, a police department apologized after their warning sign told road users to run away, as zombies were further up the road.
On May 17th at 1658 hours STPD was dispatched to E Market St near Mt Zion Rd for the report of strange messages on a…
In this case, someone had gained access to the sign and changed the message. The other spoof messages were not shown by the department due to their X-rated nature.