Florida emergency alarm disrupts sleep

Florida’s emergency management recently apologized for the emergency alert test that rang Thursday at 4:45 a.m., causing a statewide wakeup.

“I don’t understand why they would do something like that at 4:30 in the morning,” freshman Evangeline Trazzera said. “It woke me up and scared me. I thought it was some sort of (emergency) alert, but it was just a test.”

Freshman Tristan McLaughlin said he was upset with the emergency alert test, as it affected his day.

“I was already tired from staying up late the night before, and I woke up really early because of the alarm,” McLaughlin said. “I struggled to function in multiple of my periods, and I had to take a test.”

The alarm was meant to be shown on TV, and Florida emergency management has fired the company responsible for this disturbance. However, not everyone was affected by the alarm test.

“Personally, I have been hearing all of this talk about the alarm, but stuff like this has happened in the past with Amber Alerts and other problems,” freshman Drew Newlin said. “I have that feature on my phone turned off, and I sleep with my phone outside of my room so I can get better sleep.”

Sophomore Trey Hatter said said he didn’t hear the alarm.

“I had a honestly beautiful sleep last night, and the alarm or warning didn’t affect me in the least,” Hatter said. “I woke up, I saw it, and I just went on with my day.”

Trazzera voiced frustrated with the situation. 

“”Why did they have to do it so early instead of around 8 a.m. or 8 p.m.?” Trazzera said. “Why did they have to do it at a time where everyone in the East Coast, West Coast and Central Time is sleeping?”

By Blake Johnson