Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Hawaii governor says missile alert mistake can't happen again

Hawaii governor says missile alert mistake can't happen again

"I thought 'No, this is not happening today, '" Malapit said, adding he was still "a little freaked out" and feeling paranoid even after hearing it was a false alarm.

Diane Cluxton, who lives on the Big Island, said she was grocery shopping with her husband when she received the false alert this morning.

Saiki says, "Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations".

The message said "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii".

People in Hawaii were told Saturday morning to take immediate shelter from a ballistic missile attack that was imminent. The National Weather Service said in a statement that the alert was a "test message".

Trump was wrapping up a round of golf at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida when the incident was unfolding.

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US military spokesman David Benham said the US Pacific Command "has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii". Earlier this year, a false alarm was issued by the U.S. Forces Korea evacuation system as a result of a suspected hack.

"It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the change over of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button", he said.

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz additionally took to Twitter on Saturday in the wake of the false caution. Nearly immediately people on Twitter speculated the alert was a mistake or the result of a hack. We grabbed the kids and followed staff instructions to shelter in the basement of the hotel.

"The president has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise", a White House official told CBS News.

The "human error", of course, does not necessarily have to be one in which someone mistakenly sent the alert; the Emergency Management Agency might have received false information, or misinterpreted radar data, or any number of options.

Gabbard said that the message proves that all Americans need to understand that had they gone through what her family and so many others went through in her state, they would be angry, just as she is.

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