Emergency alert sent out in error

Many cell-phone users received this message before 2 p.m. today.

A company that was setting up an emergency alert system accidentally sent out a message to mobile phone users Tuesday afternoon.

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello said he spoke to John Griffith, county emergency services coordinator, who noted it “was an error by the company setting up the system.”

The exact message sent out read: “Local Area Emergency in this area until 1:00 PM EDT Monitor Radio or TV ALL IPAWS-S.”

IPAWS, also known as Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, combines local alert systems under one platform. They include the Emergency Alert System, National Warning System, Wireless Emergency Alerts and NOAA Weather Radio.

Not long after the alert went out Tuesday, Jamestown police said it was unaware of any local emergency.

“We report no known emergencies,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department.


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