Guam Agency Retracts Prank Calls Info, Says Test Calls On Ballistic Missiles Were Not Pranks

Residents reported getting a call from that number and hearing an automated message stating, 'Exercise, exercise, exercise. Inbound ballistic missile'

By Jasmine Stole

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, September 01, 2017) – The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense retracted a statement released Friday morning about what they thought was a prank call.

They issued a correction hours after releasing a public statement denouncing an automated phone call from a toll free number 866-609-8026.

Residents reported getting a call from that number and hearing an automated message stating, “Exercise, exercise, exercise. Inbound ballistic missile.”

GHS/OCD researched the number and thought it was a spoof number, according to their statement.

The automated calls were actually legitimate, and were supposed to be sent to a limited number of people, according to GHS/OCD.

“Further research with our partners in Joint Region Marianas revealed that the JRM Regional Operations Center did conduct a test of their internal mass notification system as part of a routine emergency management exercise designed to maintain a high level of readiness to respond to threats,” GHS/OCD said in a statement.

JRM intended to send the message to a limited audience “but inadvertently triggered the external mass notification function.”

JRM recommended that people do not block the 866-609-8026 phone number. Guam Homeland Security had initially advised people not to answer the calls and to block the number before the retraction.

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