False alarm: Glendale evacuation alert sent to LA County phones was a drill, officials say


GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) – A Glendale “public safety alert” that was sent to cellphones and other mobile devices in Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Saturday morning was part of a drill, officials said .

The notification, which was sent shortly after 9 a.m., urged residents of Chevy Chase Canyon to “safely evacuate your home and proceed to the evacuation site” at Glendale Community College.

Minutes later, the City of Glendale tweeted, “THIS IS A DRILL: #MyGlendale is conducting an evacuation drill at Chevy Chase Canyon.”

Many people angered by the alert took to social media – first to express concern, followed by bewilderment or annoyance.

“Everyone in LA google where Chevy Chase Canyon is right now,” Marissa Monticolo tweeted.

“So stupid!” said Diana Abraham on Facebook. “He must have scared the people of that area incredibly.”

About 30 minutes after the first notification, a follow-up was sent that read, “Disregard evacuation message for Chevy Chase Canyon. Practice exercise only.”

DEVELOPMENT: More details will be added to this report as they become available.

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