"We definitely need to improve our procedures," says Hawaii Gov. David Ige, telling reporters that false ballistic missile alert was caused by someone pushing "the wrong button" https://t.co/NCVtyRxlOa https://t.co/7PrEk68pXD— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) January 13, 2018
A false warning of a missile attack was accidently triggered at 8:07 am on Jan. 13, in Hawaii, after an employee mistakenly pushed a wrong button and sent mobile notifications to all in the vicinity.
During a press conference, Gov. Ige said he knew the missile notification was a false alarm but did not notify the public until half an hour later because he couldn't remember his Twitter password.
Gov. David Ige explains that part of the delay in notifying the public that the Jan. 13 missile alert was a false alarm was because he did not know his Twitter password. pic.twitter.com/S3tmoswOpZ— SA Politics (@starpolitics) January 22, 2018
The wrong call also made headlines across the state which caused a mass panic throughout Hawaii as the terrified public started to prepare to flee from the impact.
People cried.— ?? Dammit Karen (@NoBadHairDays2) January 13, 2018
People said their goodbyes.
People ran for cover.
People held their babies in their arms.
People prayed to their Gods for mercy.
He golfed. @hawaii #Hawaii @realDonaldTrump #Missile #Falsealarm #Resist #Resistance #25thamendmentNOW #Resign
Maj. Gen Logan – the director of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, former State Civil Defense and the Homeland Security advisor – said he had personally called Ige at 8:09 am to tell him that Hawaii is not facing a missile threat.
The second alert – which came in 38 minutes after the first alarm – clarified that there was no missile attack threat and confirmed the initial notice was a mistake.
"NO missile threat to Hawaii,” the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tried to compensate for their mistake.
NO missile threat to Hawaii.— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
Ige’s Facebook page showed a note about the false notification six minutes after the tweet.
“I don’t know what the governor was doing. I wasn’t with him at the time,” Logan said. “I know he was preparing to go to an event and this circumvented all of that.”
The governor confessed the triggering of the alert system was a mistake and "steps have been taken" by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to prevent a similar false alert "ever happening again."
According to a CNN report, Hawaii had begun testing its nuclear warning system last December amid North Korea’s increased missile testing and threats.
From a friend whose Dad works on ballistic missiles:— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) January 14, 2018
“One doesn't get mistakes like this unless one is testing systems.
One doesn't test systems unless there is likely to be need.
We should be very concerned that we are playing nuclear anhiliation chicken.”#Hawaii #FalseAlarm
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