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Officials recommend citizens register for Ready Kern, in light of bogus alert

Posted at 3:38 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 19:26:58-05

UPDATE (February 23, 2018 4:25 p.m.): Officials urge the community to register for Ready Kern, a system that sends alerts in case of natural disasters or crisis. 


You can register for Ready Kern by clicking here



UPDATE (February 22, 2018 10:25 p.m.): The Kern County Fire Department is investigating exactly how an emergency evacuation order was sent out on Thursday afternoon. 


Officials said they were running a test that somehow went out as an alert. 


The Kern County Fire Department said the error happened on the fire department side, and KCFD was the only agency involved. 


KCFD encourages all citizens to enroll in the Ready Kern System, which sends out alerts regarding natural disasters and other crisis.


The emergency evacuation alert was a weekly test that somehow went out as an immediate evacuation alert, said the Kern County Offices of Emergency Services. 

They were running a test that somehow went out as an evacuation, they are trying to figure out how it was sent out.


Kern County Fire Department officials posted this to social media about the mix-up.

There is no evacuation and no emergency.


Matt Redstone with the KCFD said that a test was being done out in the desert by a media outlet and they had contacted the KCFD to run a test of their new system.


The alert went out by mistake.