Tuesday people in Japan received a false news bulletin stating North Korea had fired a missile. Saturday, an accidental text in Hawaii put people in a panic thinking there was an imminent, incoming missile. Both were frightening false alarms
In Spokane County, emergency management is confident if you get a local alert; it will be the real thing. They use a system called Alert Spokane to contact you either by text, phone or email and say they've made it trustworthy.
Chandra Fox, the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Spokane County said, “there are a number of safeguards built right in to our system, our protocols right now require us to have two people look at what we are doing.”