We all make mistakes at our jobs, but this one we’re thinking may be the last for one Hawaiian employee. After millions of Hawaiians were sent to a state of panic and chaos when they received an emergency alert notifying them of an impending missile attack on the islands, authorities now explain it was all a simple mistake by an employee who pushed the panic button during shift change.
Hawaiian Missile Threat. On Saturday, millions of Hawaiians were sent into a panic when they received an emergency alert message telling them to take shelter for an incoming missile attack. The alert was sent as part of their early warning system and stated, “This is not a drill.”
The Message. The initial message was sent out at 8:08 a.m. and stated, BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” according to various news sources. Authorities later announced the alert was sent out in error by an employee who simply pushed the wrong button during a shift change.
Panic and Chaos. The relief message was not sent out soon enough to stop the panic and chaos from ensuing. People began sending their final good-byes to family members and posted photos of themselves taking shelter wherever they could find solace. Highways were instantly congested as people attempted to get away from the area.
Preparing for the End. Residents on the islands were preparing themselves for an air strike. Reports show children being placed in storm drains while others stated they tried to seek shelter in bathtubs and under solid structures for survival.
The Mistake. Reports state the Hawaii Office of Emergency Management responded immediately via Twitter by explaining the alert was a mistake and stressing there was no incoming missile. However, it took 38 minutes for a relief text to be sent to all residents who had received the initial notification of the missile strike.
False Alarm. People began sharing the “false alarm” notification as soon as it came out, but it took a significant amount of time for everyone to get the message. Many believed the relief text was a hoax or were afraid to believe it not knowing if it were true initially.
Good-Bye Messages. News reports covered stories of several families who received texts and phone calls from relatives on the island who wanted to say their good-byes in case it was their last few moments to live. Tearful messages were heard as residents fought their fears to tell their loved ones their last messages.
The Mistake. Once it was discovered what had been done, the all-clear was given. Authorities initially stated they were looking in to what caused the alarm, but were soon able to come up with an explanation.
Shift Change. According to Fox News, the emergency alert was sent out by an employee who accidentally pressed the wrong button during a (not so) routine shift change.Governor’s Address. Governor David Ige spoke during an official press release to explain what had happened. “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.
No Missile Threat. The US Pacific Command confirmed there was no threat of a missile attack. Commander David Benham said, “USPACOM has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii. Earlier message was sent in error. State of Hawaii will send out a correction message as soon as possible.”
Investigation. The FCC announced they are conducting a complete investigation into the matter in order to avoid similar mishaps in the future. Hawaiian authorities have stated they are giving full cooperation for the investigation and have a common interest in “working out the bugs” of their system.
Human Error. According to Senator Brian Schatz, the only “bug” in the system was human error. “There is no missile threat.It was a false alarm based on a human error. There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process,” he said.
Unfortunate Accident. All officials seem to be under the same general agreement that the alert was simply a mistake and that the bright side is a chance to find a “kink” in the system they can make adjustments to for future use. Others noted it at least showed residents their alert system is functional.
Restore Faith. Hawaiian authorities state they are working hard to correct the blip in the system and hope to be able to restore their residents’ faith in their emergency alert procedures.
Source: Rebel Circus