DEMA accidentally sends out radioactive alert

By Associated Press 4:52pm, April 24, 2013 - Updated 5:45pm, April 24, 2013
Delaware Emergency Management officials say nearly 200 homes were mistakenly called to warn residents about a fictitious radioactive shipping accident during a drill.

Officials say 194 calls went out late Wednesday morning. A second phone call was made to the homes about an hour later informing residents of the error.

EMA said the message from the Delaware Emergency Notification System advised residents that a cargo ship in the Port Penn area was leaking radioactive material. Residents within a half mile of 5 S. Congress St. in Port Penn were told to shelter in place and tune to an Emergency Activation System radio station for further details.

Again, if you received the phone call, it was an error. There's no radioactive alert.



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