Emergency Alert Test Wakes Up Florida at 4:45am, DeSantis Demands Accountability
Were you also woken up at 4:45am with an Emergency Alert Test? Yup, we are pissed too.
Governor Ron DeSantis is demanding accountability Thursday after people around the state were woken up at 4:45am with an emergency alert test pushed to cell phones across the state.
“We know a 4:45 AM wake up call isn’t ideal,” the FL Division of Emergency Management tweeted Thursday, “@FLSERT wants to apologize for the early morning text. Each month, we test #emergencyalerts on a variety of platforms. This alert was supposed to be on TV, and not disturb anyone already sleeping.”
Sleep deprived Floridian’s took to social media to vent about the early morning wake up.
“Two sound machines, a fan, and an air conditioner all going… and my watch wakes me up,” Chris Peirce wrote. “Took a half-hour to fall asleep again.”
To ensure that such an incident does not happen again, the FL Division of Emergency Management has promised to take “the appropriate action to ensure this will never happen again and that only true emergencies are sent as alerts in the middle of the night.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also wasn’t having it, Tweeting “I’ve ordered FL Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie to bring swift accountability for the test of the emergency alert system in the wee hours of the morning. This was a completely inappropriate use of this system. Stay tuned.”