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.

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