On Saturday, there was an emergency notification for alert that was sent out which said that there was a threat of ballistic missile coming to Hawaii. But according to the emergency officials & the leaders of the state the alarm was a false one and there was nothing to worry about it at all. The officials blamed an employee who had pushed the wrong button thereby setting out the emergency alarm. The emergency alert actually said that a ballistic missile threat is inbound to Hawaii and people should seek shelter on an immediate basis since this is not a drill. The message caused a lot of concern on social media but the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency was extremely quick to respond on Twitter where it was clearly mentioned that there is no missile threat of any kind to Hawaii. The governor of Hawaii, David Ige told CNN that a human error was the cause of the emergency alert to go out.
He clearly stated that there was a mistake made at the time of the standard procedure of the change of a shift where a wrong button was mistakenly pushed by an employee. David Ige also added that the push of the wrong button set out the warning to radio, television and even the cell phones as well. He mentioned on Twitter that he will be attending a meeting with the officials of top defense and emergency management of the state for the determination of the exact cause of setting out of the false alarm. They will also be taking adequate measures of prevention so that this particular incident does not happen in the future.
The remarks from the governor came after Vern Miyagi who is the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator headed to the 24-hour operations centre of the agency to find out the exact reason as to why the false alert was sent out. This is per an email that was sent to CNN. Miyagi said that the sending out of the warning was only a mistake and nothing else. He made sure that there is nothing to worry about and he said the people of Hawaii do not need to panic at all. There was also a second emergency alert that was sent to phones in Hawaii just after 38 minutes of the initial message confirming the false alarm.