False alarm disaster alert phone call sent out to thousands of Maui County residents
Thousands of residents in Maui County received a phone call from the Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Alert System.
The Maui County Mayor's office releasing a statement, indicating the phone call was an accident. Residents received the call around 9am Friday, from a number with 999-9999.
According to the mayor's office, the phone call was initiated through the Maui Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Alert System Maka`ala.
It was intended to be a routine text message for a high-surf advisory that's currently in effect for Maui County. Instead, an error in a template led to the initiation of phone calls, in addition to the regular text and email messages.
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino apologized for any inconvenience and said all steps will be taken to ensure such an error is not repeated.
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