Verbal Miscommunication Led To False Missile Alert

Published on 30 Jan 2018, 20:05
Caleb Jones / AP Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials at the department's command center in Honolulu. The emergency worker who sent an incorrect warning message to residents of Hawaii alerting them to an incoming ballistic missile on Jan. 13 actually believed the threat was real, a preliminary investigation found. According to a report released on Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission, the decision of a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency night-shift supervisor to conduct an unannounced ballistic missile defense drill began the chain of events that led to 38 minutes of widespread panic and fear.

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