CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago officials apologized Monday afternoon after some residents received an emergency alert on their phones about police activity.
The alert turned out to be a test that was distributed in error.
The alert, issued around 3:30 p.m., read: “Test: CPD activity in your area. Remain indoors until further notice. Chicago OEMC.” Twitter users from around the city reported receiving the alert.
While many Twitter users assumed it was a test, others issued tweets of alarm or confusion.
— mary fran (@maryfran) July 22, 2019
— Enrico Bellomo (@n9tt4ny) July 22, 2019
Late Monday afternoon, police and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications issued a tweet apologizing for the alert. The tweet said the message had been sent in error.
We apologize for the confusion regarding an earlier *test* alert message regarding CPD activity in the area, which was sent in error. Please disregard the message.
— Chicago OEMC (@ChicagoOEMC) July 22, 2019