GRANTS PASS, Ore. — On Tuesday afternoon, an unknown number of people throughout Jackson and Josephine counties received notifications of a Level 3 "GO" evacuation order, though none of the agencies that would normally have been involved in issuing such an order had said anything about it, nor was there any context in the alert itself.
A short time later, Josephine County Emergency Management clarified on Facebook that this was a test of the Nixle emergency notification system, saying that there were no evacuations in place for Josephine County. Jackson County also sent out a notification through the Everbridge system to underline that there were no evacuations in either county.
The alert seems to have gone to users of the Ring home security system, at least those who had the Ring application on their devices.
Josephine County Emergency Management later said that the alert was supposed to be an internal test, only notifying a handful of people in their office. Nixle apparently shared the targeted alert with Ring.
"The alert was picked up and rebroadcast to Ring devices which has never happened before," the agency said. "We apologize for any confusion or concern caused for the residents of Josephine and Jackson counties."
Officials indicated that they are looking into the issue with Ring and their emergency alerts. This is a developing story and will be update with more details as they emerge.