Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Hawaii employee thought missile attack was real

Hawaii employee thought missile attack was real

According to a statement from the day-shift warning officer who eventually would issue the false alert, the officer said he heard the words "this is not a drill", and did not hear "exercise, exercise, exercise". He responded by sending the alert.

However, Wiley added it's notable the worker "accurately recalled after the event that the announcement did say 'This is not a drill'".

It was originally thought the 13 January text alert to mobiles all over the islands was sent in error.

Administrator Vern Miyagi and executive officer Toby Clairmont stepped down on Tuesday after reports detailing the agency's failures were released.

At a briefing this morning on the state's internal investigation false alarm, state officials announced one employee has been terminated, one has resigned and a third has been suspended without pay.

Ige has appointed Brig.

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Hawaii plans to issue a separate report on Tuesday.

Last week, the FCC revealed that the employee who sent the alert had stopped cooperating with investigators.

Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said the only things that struck Hawaii that day were panic and outrage. "We simply need to identify the problems in order to fix them - not just in Hawaii, but anywhere else where they may exist". "He's the only one that didn't cooperate", Anthony said, although, he said the man did provide HI-EMA with a written statement.

The report puts forth a timeline of events in which a night-shift supervisor chose to run a spontaneous drill with the day-shift as they came into work. Their fears may have been quelled earlier if Ige hadn't forgotten his Twitter login and password and could have alerted residents over social media.

Asked at Tuesday's press conference whether he showed a lack of leadership, Ige said: "We are definitely committed to providing a warning to the public of impending natural or manmade disasters".

On January 13, Hawaiian citizens received an emergency alert on their phones that read, "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII". Those on the receiving end, having heard the "Exercise, exercise, exercise" warning, understood it to be a drill. His supervisors counselled him but kept him for a decade in a position that had to be renewed each year.

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At the same time, the report said, the sentence "This is not a drill" was included in the recorded message which prompted the officer to issue the alert. Employee 3 returned to the SWP from starting the time clock and saw Employee 4 and Employee 10 repeatedly get on the HAWAS letting the Counties know that it was just a drill. "At no point did Employee 1 assist in the process", the report states.

Meanwhile, the agency's top two civilian officials have resigned.

Some lawmakers have proposed that only members of the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security should be able to send a warning about missile threats.

The alert went out at 8:07 a.m., setting off a scramble that included Hawaii's governor, the military's Pacific Command and Honolulu police, according to the summary prepared by the FCC's public safety branch.

The second message was sent at 8.45am, said: 'There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii.

Apart from Hawaii's investigation, the FCC had also been looking into the incident, as the state came under criticism for lacking "reasonable safeguards". "After that, however, the recording did not follow the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's standard operating procedures for this drill". He says the FCC's preliminary investigation has uncovered two troubling issues.

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