UPDATE Hawaii now has a way to notify the public that an alert was sent in error. There was no protocol in place to take back an alert at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HEMA) on Saturday, reported The Washington Post.
That’s when a state employee
mistakenly chose the real, live “missile alert” alert option from a
drop-down menu for what was supposed to be an internal test. An actual
cell phone text was sent as a Wireless Emergency Alert and transmitted
over TV, radio and cable over the Emergency Alert System. The message
told the public a missile threat to the state was imminent and to seek
shelter, causing panic.
The message told the public a missile threat to the state was imminent and to seek shelter, causing panic.
It took 38 minutes from the initial
alert to a subsequent alert telling the public the earlier warning was a
mistake. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Sunday stated it appeared Hawaii
didn’t have “reasonable safeguards” in place to prevent the transmission of a fake alert, Inside Towers
reported. He said that was “unacceptable,” and federal, state and local
officials throughout the country must work together to fix that and be
able to issue a correction immediately. Continue Reading