Emergency Broadcasting Test Mistakenly Calls For
POSTED: 3:44 pm EST February 1, 2005
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Despite what residents may have
seen on television, the state of Connecticut was not
ordered evacuated Tuesday.
State emergency management officials believe someone
pressed the wrong button, and instead of running a test
of the emergency alert system, midday television viewers
and radio listeners were told that the state was being
"There is absolutely no evacuation or state
emergency," said Kerry Flaherty, of the Office of
Emergency Management. "It was an erroneous message."
The department was investigating how the alert was
sent. Officials said it is manually released to
The error prompted Gov. M. Jodi Rell to issue a
statement reassuring residents.
"We are looking into the circumstances and will take
every step necessary to make certain this type of problem
does not reoccur in the future," she said.
State police said they received no calls related to
the erroneous alert.