Suffolk County Updates Alerting System Before Hurricane Season
May 18, 2017
Last September, as the East Coast prepared for Tropical Storm Hermine, the emergency broadcasting system accidentally sent out an evacuation alert for all of Long Island's Suffolk County. The alert was meant just for Fire Island, but that part was truncated.
That won't happen again, said Joel Vetter, the county's deputy chief EMS Officer.
This week is national Hurricane Preparedness Week, and the county tested the new updated system last week to make sure it works.
But the county has been doing a lot more than just ensuring that longer messages can get through.
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