Without warning their customers, Verizon has yet again scared the hell out of the public by sending out more bizarre Emergency CMAS Alerts. So far no one from Verizon has commented on whether or not the alerts are real, or another “test” of the system.
Earlier this year, Verizon caused panic in New Jersey when the accidentally sent out a CMAS Message that read: “CMAS Alert. Civil Emergency in this area until 1:24 PM EST Take shelter now.”
The CMAS system was implemented by the Federal Government as a way to send location based targeted alerts to the general public, but so far it has caused nothing but controversy and confusion. The emergency alerts will be available in three categories – Presidential Alerts, Imminent Threats to Life and Property, and AMBER Alerts. Most cell phone providers will allow users to opt out of all message types, with the exception of presidential alerts.
UPDATE: A number of people have emailed us saying they got the alert, the message that they received seems to depend on their location and phone. In some cases the message said that it was a test emergency alert, and asked if you I want to receive them in the future. On some phones it simply said CMAS Alert without an explanation.