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What America can learn from Hawaii's mistake

What America can learn from Hawaii's mistake

What prompted the employee of 10 years to click the wrong alert remains a mystery, pending the state's probe of the gaffe. "The government urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground". "One woman spokesperson from the Civil Defense group was astonished as to how it could have happened because she claimed that every time they try to test the system, they use the word "test" over and over to prevent such an error".

Clay County Emergency Manager Bryan Green says Minnesota can send alerts to specific counties with IPAWS, or Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. The employee then mistakenly chose the latter, clicking "Yes" to confirm the instruction.

This past Saturday morning, Hawaiians and tourists received a false alert that a ballistic missile was headed their way.

Clearly, as geopolitical tensions heat up, these systems need to be fixed sooner rather than later.The Aesop fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf comes to mind, whereby false alerts could lead to complacency and citizens failing to respond should a real emergency arise.

That nothing of the sort occurred in the case of Hawaii bears underlining: this was entirely due to human error and poor software interface design at a state-level emergency management agency.




"It couldn't hurt to take another look at the lash-up with federal authorities to see if there is anything more that can be done to validate the flow of basic information".

U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard, both of Hawaii, have asked the House Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing on the issue. North Korea likely to have launched missile. That's a good thing, given that the former manual process required a full 38 minutes for a correction to be released.

The incident raises questions about other states preparedness in the event of an attack. It has added a "cancellation button", allowing users to send a second alert over the same system that notifies recipients that the first was a false alarm. Meanwhile, a nationwide warning system for mobile devices exists, but has never been tested, David Gonzales of the RAND Corporation told AP.

The Federal Communications Commission will be involved in the review of the alarm.

"We're going to get involved", he said. They told me he wasn't breathing and he had no heartbeat. "They took responsibility. They made a mistake".