iOS Emergency Alert in NYC During Hurricane Sandy

During Hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 29th starting at 8:30PM Eastern, mobile users all around NYC received a mysterious alert message:

Go indoors immediately and remain inside.  DO NOT DRIVE.  Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

These emergency alerts are a new feature of iOS 6, allowing government agencies to send out critical messages to the public.  The U.S. Government’s emergency alert system was launched in May 2012, and this was the first alert to be sent out in NYC since the system launched.

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