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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 15:59

Could Hawaii's Missile Alert Error Happen in Florida? Remember the Bogus Boiled Water Notice...

(TNS) - When news of the Hawaii missile alert mistake broke last week, it immediately brought a sense of déja vu to local emergency management officials.

A similar — though not as alarming — incident took place here last September in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Volusia County officials were on a countywide conference call with officials from various cities when everyone's cell phones began sounding off with an "extreme alert."

"Volusia County boil water notice. Residents are advised to boil water before consumption," warned the notice. It was a mistake.

The warning, issued in error by a state employee, created hours of confusion as officials tried to figure out what was going on and notify people there was no need to boil their water.

"Thank God it wasn't an inbound missile alert like the mistake made in Hawaii," Jim Judge, Volusia County's emergency management director, said last week.