Hawaii fires warning officer who sent missile alert

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

But it also contained "the text of an EAS message for a live ballistic missile alert, including the language, 'THIS IS NOT A DRILL'".

Additionally, a second HiEMA employee resigned before disciplinary action was taken and another was suspended without pay, said Maj. The other human error identified in the report was that of warning officer, who failed to recognize the message as part of an exercise while other warning officers on duty did, it said.

The unscheduled drill used a recording mimicking a call from US Pacific Command. Wireless emergency alerts warning of danger are typically sent out by state and local officials through a partnership between the FCC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the wireless industry.

According to the report, the employee, who has a history of performance problems, and has been a "source of concern" for more than 10 years. The individual responsible for the mistake was disciplined and reassigned, but not fired, Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency said earlier this month. According to the FCC, the agency has stopped ballistic missile defense drills until its own investigation is done.

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Employee One has been terminated, the Shift Supervisor is facing a possible suspension and the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency administrator, Vern Miyagi, resigned effective Tuesday. "Pacific Command." The supervisor played a recorded message that started with the words, "exercise, exercise, exercise".

Other state officials had sent out corrections within a few minutes of being notified by state authorities. Unfortunately, one officer at the EMA didn't hear either repetition, and more unluckily, he was the one sitting at the terminal used to send out alerts.

A preliminary investigation into that terrifying ballistic missile false alarm that sent Hawaii into an end-of-the-world tizzy a few weeks ago has found the hysteria was caused by a worker who sent it really believed a missile was on its way.

The Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday that the Hawaii public employee who sent a message to everyone in the state warning of a ballistic missile threat believed there was a credible threat. "While such an alert addressed a matter of the utmost gravity, there was no requirement in place for a warning officer to double check with a colleague or get signoff from a supervisor before sending such an alert". "Otherwise, people won't take alerts seriously and respond appropriately when a real emergency strikes and lives are on the line". Ige was informed just two minutes after the alert was issued that it was a false alarm.

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Three day-shift warning officers listened to the recording on speakerphone and one of them "believed that the missile threat was real" and issued a live alert at 8:07 am after hearing the sentence "This is not a drill", it said.

As part of its report, the FCC concludes that it was both human error and "inadequate safeguards" that resulted in the alert transmission.

Ige has asked the Hawaii National Guard's deputy commander to prepare another report on what needs to be changed in the emergency management system overall. Its final report will be released in due course.

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