“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII”, it declared in no uncertain terms.
The false Saturday morning warning that an ICBM was inbound lasted for almost 40 minutes, and Hawaiian Governor David Ige has revealed why it took him so long to correct the facts.
In the disorderly minutes after a ballistic rocket caution was erroneously conveyed by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Gov. David Ige was encountering his very own little mayhem: He didn’t know his Twitter sign in.
Ige was notified within minutes the alert was a mistake, but took 17 minutes before sharing that on Twitter, The Washington Post reported.
State officials canceled the alert at 8:13, six minutes later., but they didn’t send a new cellphone message for another half hour, at 8:45.
The governor posted to his Facebook account 23 minutes after the alert was sent.
During a press conference on Monday, Ige took some of the blame the mix-up that caused panic throughout Hawaii and made headlines worldwide, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Ige sent out his tweet saying there was no threat at 8:24 am Pacific.
The department has had meetings with Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials about school shelter-in-place planning and procedures for a missile threat, Kishimoto said.
North Korea lies less than 5,000 miles away from the Hawaiian Islands, meaning that the state would have about 20 minutes notice of an incoming missile from North Korea. It’s that it doesn’t take many cries of wolf before people start ignoring them – which could be fatal if the real thing happens.
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.
Cars drive past alerts clarifying the false alarm.
Officials in Hawaii have spent months briefing the public on what action to take in the event of an attack.
At the beginning of each shift, Hi-EMA Administrator Vern Miyagi said his team conducts a routine internal test that involves the Emergency Alert System and the Wireless Emergency Alert.