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Hawaii false missile strike: a collection

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Kathryn Mills and Kathryn Sandberg, Staff Writers

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Kathryn Mills

A false alarm of an imminent arrival of a ballistic missile was sent earlier this month on Saturday, January 13th to the people of Hawaii and asked them to take shelter. “Ballistic missile on Hawaii.” Take shelter immediately, this is not a drill, “received the inhabitants of the archipelago on their smartphone Saturday around 8 am local. This alert was taken seriously by numbers of people, spreading massive panic across. This false alarm was caused by an employee of the Emergency Management Agency pressing the wrong button.

 

The Emergency Management Agency does test drills for this issue to make sure they are prepared for a real-life emergency. Even though the employee who sent out the alarm was informed that this was a drill, not a real emergency, he still truly believed that there was a ballistic missile headed towards Hawaii. This is not the first time this employee has confused drills as real-world events. As of now, he has been fired from the Emergency Management Agency due to his “performance issues” and there is a federal investigation that is occurring to uncover this dilemma. According to the Washington Post, “his name will only be officially released once he finishes appealing the disciplinary action”. This accident had caused panic in the  thousands of residents in Hawaii and due to this incident there has been calls from lawmakers and regulators to improve iPhone and wireless emergency alerts. This disaster has opened that eyes of the workers at the Emergency Management Agency that they need to be more prepared for these real-life emergencies. For right now, the Emergency Management Agency has suspended all drills and has made new plans to have better warnings for these safety drills.

 

This false alarm sent chaos across Hawaii and across the world. “This was my phone when I woke up just now. I’m in Honolulu, #Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore. They were hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken.” said Sara Donchey, a news reporter. Many tweets such like this one had been posted throughout the internet.

 

Sources:

Featured image from https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/01/14/bogus-missile-attack-warning-plunges-hawaii-panic-chaos/

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/26/politics/hawaii-false-alert-employee/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/30/heres-what-went-wrong-with-that-hawaii-missile-alert-the-fcc-says/?utm_term=.60aff395faef

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16952202/hawaii-false-ballistic-missile-alert

 

Kathryn Sandberg

In January 13, people in Hawaii were woken up to an emergency alert stating that a ballistic missile is inbound to Hawaii and to seek shelter immediately.  People started to panic to find any underground area but most people only option were the sewers. Thirty eight minutes passed after that amber alert was sent saying there is no threat and the previous alert was false.  In those 38 minutes many people already sent their friends and family goodbyes and hoped that the missile couldn’t reach them. Besides the physiological damage done to many Hawaiians, there was no real harm done. However, after this major mistake people were asking how and who caused this.  During a shift change, an employee happened to click the wrong button sending the memo out to everyone. This may seem like an incredibly stupid error by the employee but it turns out the button to send out a message or not are right next to each other so a misslick is bound to happen.

Sources:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/01/13/false-alert-missile-strike-hawaii/

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/18/16905512/hawaii-missile-software-false-alarm-emergency-alert

http://time.com/5107487/hawaii-false-alarm-exposes-us-civil-defense-gaps/

 

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