Just after 8AM on Saturday, January 13th, 2018; an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency had just come to work. He was supposed to initiate an internal test of the emergency missile warning system. Instead, he activated a live warning which sent a message to the 1.4 million citizens of Hawaii at 8:07 AM. The message was “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
It was learned that the employee had two options. Option one was a test and option two was a warning. He inappropriately chose warning, causing mass panic and distress. And to make matters worse, this alert stayed active for 38 minutes.
It was reported that parents were coaxing their children to climb into manholes to save their life. Others were seen running through the streets. Many were huddling in closets, crying and in mass hysteria. People were calling loved ones saying their goodbyes.
After 38 minutes of this mass hysteria and panic, the Emergency Management Agency sent another message stating that this was a mistake, there was no missile in bound to Hawaii. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency stated that they have suspended all internal testing until an investigation is completed.
It is unknown if the employee will be terminated or disciplined.
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