Residents in Lake Worth, Florida recently received quite the shock when a power outage resulted in a rather alarming and bizarre city-wide alert.
A message sent to city residents at 1:41 AM during the outage warned of a “power outage and zombie alert” and “extreme zombie activity.”
This kind of alert is most certainly my nightmare, and also makes perfect sense, because: it’s Florida. If you were going to place bets on which state would experience a zombie outbreak first, Florida would definitely have the best odds.
Apparently, the alert was not approved by the city, which means that the system was most likely hacked.
“We are looking into the reports that the system mentioned zombies,” city public information officer Ben Kerr told Lake Worth Live. “I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity currently and apologize for the system message.”
Regarding last nights brief power outage posted by Wes Blackman:The city's public information officer, Ben Kerr…
Okay, but did you have to add “currently” in there, bro? That sounds foreboding as hell.
The alert also mentioned Terminus, which comes from AMC’s The Walking Dead. So, in all likelihood, someone decided that it would be funny to hack to automatic alerts that go out to city residents during power outages — and they were correct.
But, just to be on the safe side, I’m avoiding Florida. Even if there aren’t zombies, there is extreme humidity, which is almost as frightening.