FCC's Pai Points Finger At Hawaii State Officials For False Missile Alert

21 January, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Kim Reid
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The state house and senate committees are holding a joint informational briefing on the false missile alert issued on Saturday.

It's scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The legislature says the objective of the informational briefing is to review the circumstances surrounding the erroneous release of a statewide emergency alert as well as the corrective actions resulting from this incident.

The astonishing error and dismal response has prompted both state and federal investigations and left one of the state's US senators wondering aloud if top brass at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency should be replaced.

No public testimony will be accepted.

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It was human error, a shift change at Hawaii's Office of Emergency mManagement that caused a false alert to get sent out.

The Hawaii National Guard's top commander said Friday he told Gov. David Ige that a missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after it went out statewide.

In the minute-to-minute news cycle, it is crucial that our alerts convey what has happened quickly, but also accurately.

The initial warning was sent at 8:07 a.m. and the correction reached cellphones at 8:45.

"Moving forward, we will focus on what steps need to be taken to prevent a similar incident from happening again". - HI-EMA issues public notification of cancellation via their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Moreover, false alerts undermine public confidence in the alerting system and thus reduce their effectiveness during real emergencies.

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The alert will appear on your phone, but you'll only get it if you have the app. The false alarm in Hawaii is a stark reminder of the fact that the risk of accidental nuclear war is not hypothetical.

In the event of a missile being sent towards Hawaii, or any state, officials suggest that all residents immediately seek shelter.

"Ballistic missile warning just arrived on the cell phone on its way to Hawaii", the message from her dad read.

"We made a mistake", HI-EMA Administrator Vern Miyagi said.

A cancellation command that can be done automatically that can be triggered within seconds of an error, has been put in place.

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A formal preliminary report of findings and corrective actions will be issued next week.

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