We have all heard it, the sound of an alarm in the middle of the night, signaling a tornado, or a thunderstorm, and in many cases even an amber alert. However, what if you were awakened by the sound of a zombie alert?
Lake Worth actually used their push alert system during a blackout to warn the masses that there were zombies headed their way. All of this happening early before 2 am at that. Residents were quickly woken up by this ‘warning’ and in were obviously in shock.
The warning read as follows in all caps:
“POWER OUTAGE AND ZOMBIE ALERT FOR RESIDENTS OF LAKE WORTH AND TERMINUS. THERE ARE NOW FAR LESS THAN SEVEN THOUSAND AND THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY CUSTOMERS INVOLVED DUE TO EXTREME ZOMBIE ACTIVITY. RESTORATION TIME UNCERTAIN.”
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) May 22, 2018
Now, after reading that you could imagine the frenzy people must have been in. Basically, being warned that the zombie apocalypse had begun. That being said, clearly, as you might assume the alert actually had nothing to do with a zombie outbreak. You know all too well if it was globally press would be having a field day and everyone would be scrambling to find or dive into their bunkers.
Since this occurrence, the city’s public information officer Ben Kerr has apologized in regards to the message fluke. He told Palm Beach Post that reports that it mentioned zombies is being looked into and that Lake Worth ‘does not have any zombie activity currently and apologize for the system message.’ It is thought that the mistake was due to the department responsible testing out what they would call ‘fun’ or ‘silly’ warning alerts that accidentally went live during the power outage.
Because technology is so prominent in modern times push alerts have become quite common. What do you think about this? Was it a mere fluke or did something really happen that was somehow managed to get under wraps quickly? Either way, power was restored within a short amount of time and no sign of zombies has been noted by locals.
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