Hawaii Emergency Worker Thought Missile Alarm Test Was Real, Report Finds

AP False missile alert employee thought real attack imminent

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NAYLOR: The FCC report did not identify the warning officer, and state officials today wouldn't name him or her until the worker's appeals process is complete.

Hawaii is within range of some which have been tested.

The state has been preparing for a nuclear missile attack from North Korea since previous year when tensions between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong-un escalated. People were genuinely scared and wanted answers, and in the weeks that have ensued those answers have changed.

The episode was initially described as an accident by state officials, the New York Times reported.

But "employee 1", the worker who sent out the false missile alert, apparently believed the drill to be real.

The midnight supervisor began the drill at 8:05 a.m.by pretending to be U.S. Pacific Command during a call to the day-shift warning officers. The day-shift supervisor thought the test was aimed at outgoing night-shift workers and was unprepared to supervise the test. On Tuesday, an investigation revealed that a night-shift manager had plans of testing the incoming day-side workers.

The drill recording did not follow the standard script for a drill but included the phrase: "This is not a drill". It did include the line, "exercise, exercise, exercise". The recording ended by saying again, "exercise, exercise, exercise".


Gov. David Ige and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials announced that HI-EMA administrator Vern Miyagi resigned this morning and the so-called "button pusher" has been terminated as a result of the state's internal investigation of the January 13 false alert of an imminent missile attack.

At 8:12 a.m., five minutes after the missile alert was sent, another official told the man to send out a cancellation of the alert, but instead he "just sat there and didn't respond".

As well, it's created a correction template for false alerts and has stopped ballistic missile defence drills until its own investigation is done.

The Emergency Management Agency provided the FCC with information following a written statement from the employee.

"Every state and local government that originates alerts needs to learn from these mistakes". The commission wants to be sure emergency alerts on phones do what they're supposed to.

A Federal Communications Commission report revealed Tuesday that the worker who pushed out the alert thought an actual attack was imminent. The false warning prompted many United States politicians to call for the resignation of the officials responsible for the chaos, who, at the time, did not indicate they were going to step down.

At the time the alert went out, President Trump was reportedly on the golf course. Reading this litany of dopey mistakes and inept planning, you nearly expect to learn that Hawaii somehow attempted to launch its own nuclear counterstrike on North Korea, failing at the last moment only because the launch computer wasn't plugged in. But his personal responsibility in the panic seemed to be something he couldn't understand. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing, ' he said.

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