Late night test alert mistakenly sent to 7,655 subscribers

FARGO (KVRR) – Cass Fargo Emergency Management has apologized for mistakenly sending a mass notification at around midnight Wednesday.

Officials say the message was sent to 55,766 contacts and was delivered to 7,655 contacts before employees realized the error.

“At 11:54 p.m., an employee inadvertently sent the monthly test to residents rather than in the test environment.¬† Cass Fargo Emergency Management apologizes for this error and is evaluating processes to ensure this does not reoccur.”

The monthly test is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Area residents can subscribe to the alerts to receive information  during both emergency and non-emergency situations.

 

 

 

 

Last evening, a mass notification was sent to Cass Clay Alert subscribers by mistake. The error occurred when a Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) employee was engaging in an Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (IPAWS) required monthly proficiency test. This exercise is intended be completed in a test environment and not sent to residents.

At 11:54 p.m., an employee inadvertently sent the monthly test to residents rather than in the test environment. The IPAWS message was sent to 55,766 contacts. The message was delivered to 7,655 contacts before employees realized the error and stopped the dissemination process. This monthly proficiency test is required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and employees have been completing this monthly test during their shifts for over a year.

Cass Fargo Emergency Management apologizes for this error and is evaluating processes to ensure this does not reoccur. Cass Clay Alerts is an important tool in communicating with area residents during both emergency and non-emergency situations. Currently-enrolled residents are encouraged to remain subscribed to Cass Clay Alerts for important updates. To learn more about the program or to subscribe to important local alerts, please visit Ca

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