DUNWOODY, Ga. — Though many got an extra hour of sleep this weekend, some Dunwoody residents were not happy last Friday when they received an unwanted wakeup call around 4:15 a.m.

The robocall alerted residents to a freeze warning. Some residents received a text

By 9:30 that morning Dunwoody had issued an apology statement. 

The city said the message was an automatic alert from the National Weather Service that was distributed through Nixle, the alert service the Dunwoody Police Department works with. The early morning alert did not involve city personnel. 

The city did not release an exact estimate of how many received the message, but said several recipients are not Dunwoody residents or have never signed up for Dunwoody alerts through Nixle. 

The city said police are working with Nixle to investigate why an alert of this nature went out so early in the morning. The system is intended to be used for emergencies only, and the city is working to ensure that will be the case going forward.

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