Hawaii's missile alert agency stored its passwords on Post-it Notes

Dianna Christensen
January 19, 2018

Because of the current assumption that everyone is glued to cellphones, it was over half an hour before many terrified people, a lot of them frantically seeking some kind of shelter, would have been able to receive some authoritative word that there was no need for panic. "She and her husband had gotten the alert on their phones a few minutes earlier".

And after the alert, they received no follow-up about what to do, where to go, how to survive after a blast, or what plans the state and USA government had. Seek shelter. Close your windows. On Saturday, sending that second "false alarm" alert required extraordinary permission, delaying it for 38 minutes.

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz also took to Twitter on Saturday in the wake of the false alarm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press Wednesday that it received the call from Hawaii at 8:30 a.m. And the unnamed government official who mistakenly sent the emergency alert was temporarily reassigned pending the results of an investigation.

The employee, believing the correct selection had been made, then went ahead and clicked "yes" when the system's computer prompt asked whether to proceed, Mr Rapoza said. NHK deleted the tweet and text warning after several minutes, issued a correction and apologized several times on air and on other formats.

"We plan on using the IPAWS emergency alert system differently than other states do", said Bornemann.

Tension has grown in Japan over North Korean missile tests as they have flown closer to Japanese coasts.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted there was no threat about 10 minutes after the initial alert, but that didn't reach people who aren't on the social media platform.

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Last September, television viewers in California's Orange County were confronted with two freakish emergency alerts that included a female voice warning of an impending apocalypse.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai launched an effort this month to push USA telecommunications giants and smartphone makers to sharply upgrade the emergency alert system, allowing for geo-targeted alerts by November 30, 2019.

Rapoza said the false alert and the photo revealing the password are not the only problems he's faced in the same week.

On Monday, Gov. David Ige appointed a state Army National Guard official to oversee a review of Hawaii's emergency management process in response to the error.

"This had the potential for being totally catastrophic", Hirono said.

Hawaii Emergency Management Center shared this version of the menu used during the missile scare over the weekend.

"The entire island was thrown into an utter chaos at the news that a ballistic missile was coming in", said the newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.

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