False Alarm For Hawaii

False Alarm For Hawaii

Staff Writer

    On Saturday January 13, 2018 the people of Hawaii woke up to an unexpected, and unpleasant surprise. An alert went out to cell phones stating,

    “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

    For almost 40 minutes residents of Hawaii were in a state of shock, horror, and grief. Phone calls went out to loved ones to say final farewells. Parents of young children tried to find shelter for their children in drainage ditches and sewers.  Heart rates and blood pressure soared, tears flowed, and, in some cases, panic ensued.  Moments to live was the fear in most hearts.

    38 minutes later a second message went out,

    “There is no missile threat or danger to the state of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm.”

How could something like this happen? Why did it take so long to call the false alarm? As questions were raised about our security as a nation and the state of our early warning system many were quick to point fingers and place blame.

    Many people took this moment as a strong reminder that they need personal and family emergency plans in place. Many took stock of their lives and resolved to make changes. The government ensures citizens that this will be investigated and steps are being taken to prevent the error from happening again.