Verizon sends accidental alert to N.J. customers

    New Jersey residents, in case you hadn’t heard, that emergency alert text message you got today was only a test.

    Users in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties received an advisory to take shelter earlier today, which turned out not to be necessary.

    The Star-Ledger reports the message that went out warning people to “take shelter now” was a test on Verizon’s part. But the “only a test part” wasn’t made clear.

    Local police departments and the state Department of Homeland Security followed up with their own texts and tweets, telling recipients to disregard the warning.

    Feed the Feed: Many people are signed up for alert systems

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