Civil emergency alert sent by mistake


Many cell phone users in the Corridor mistakenly got a civil emergency alert message Monday night.

The message reads, "Civil Emergency in this area until 8:45 PM EDT" and "Take Shelter Now Polk-County".

The Polk County Sheriff's Office tells CBS2/FOX28 News the message originated in Johnson County, and was sent by mistake. The Johnson County Emergency Management Agency says the message went out in error. The message was supposed to be a follow up on a missing person out of Johnson County.

The third-party vendor used throughout Iowa was trying to send the updated alert, and is now investigating how and why the wrong message went out. The vendor apologized for any confusion caused.

Multiple other emergency alert messages about missing persons in Johnson and in Chickasaw Counties were sent out correctly earlier Monday.

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