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'Severe threat' warning confuses community, unveils problems


June 6, 2018

Sweet Home City Manager Ray Towry and then-Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon were busy Tuesday evening attending the Sweet Home High School senior awards ceremony when a blanket “severe threat alert” hit their cell phones.

It wasn’t just them – the same message popped up on cell phone screens throughout the county.

It contained the cryptic message: “Prepare for action.”

Neither Towry nor Yon knew anything more about it than anyone else.

They independently left the room and started contacting their people to find out what was going on. That was the first time the two public off...

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