Hawaii officials suspend alert tests after missile alarm mishap, say reforms already underway

Washington Examiner | 1/13/2018 | Daniel Chaitin
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Hawaiian officials say tests for their state's alert system are suspended until all concerns about its reliability are addressed.

"The governor has directed that we hold off any more tests until we get this squared away," Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi said hours after Hawaiians went into a panic Saturday when they received a false alert warning of an inbound ballistic missile alarm.

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Local officials and the U.S. Pacific Command quickly confirmed that the emergency alert was sent out in error to residents of the island chain, which recently tested out a Cold War-era nuclear warning siren in response to North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs.

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However, it took nearly 40 minutes for the state of Hawaii to send out a corrective message.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige, who has apologized for the "pain and confusion" caused by the mishap, said it was a state employee "pushed the wrong button" to send out a false alert during a shift change.

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While officials didn't identify who pressed the "button," Miyagi has said it was his "responsibility."

Ige and Miyagi announced in the early afternoon that changes are already underway, including a "two-person rule" for any drill or for the sending of an actual alert.

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They're announcement came after one of Hawaii's U.S. senators called for his state's alert system to be suspended until all concerns about its reliability are addressed.

"We must suspend this alert system until we can be 100...
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