RED BANK, NJ - Shortly after noon today many people received text message alerts advising of a civil defense emergency. Be advised that this was a hoax and there is no emergency at this time. Initially it appears that a database was hacked and that some cell phone subscribers received this phony alert.

The alert was not sent through this system and the Borough of Red Bank's alerting system was not hacked. It appears that a nationwide system was hacked through a particular cell phone provider.

Again, there is no civil emergency at this time and no action is required of the public. RBPD.