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Posted by Maya @ 1:19 on January 14, 2018  

So it’s 8:11am and the cellphone goes off with the Emergency Alert signal tones.

“EMERGENCY ALERT!  Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii.  Seek immediate shelter.  This is not a drill! ”

Who needs coffee when ya get an adrenaline rush like that?!

Somebody effed up at State Civil Defense.  Vern Miyagi, director of State Civil Defense, was on the TV news as fast as they could contact him to tell everyone it was a false alarm.   WHO?  HOW?… to be determined.   We shall see.   I think they need to tighten up their procedures.

THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME!  A few years back when I worked at the TV station I received a an emergency alert on the civil defense line for a “Radiation Emergency hazard. ”  It was going to automatically relay out onto the airwaves in a few minutes if we didn’t intercept it.  I ran yelling to the newsroom for someone to call State Civil Defense to confirm this before we let it out to air.  They were clueless that they had just sent out a real alert.  “It was just a test”.   NOPE!  WE GOT A REAL ALERT.

“Oh…. nevermind…. it was just a test”   I dumped the alert from the EAS memory, but I think a radio station or two in town did broadcast the alert.   That one was squashed without a lot of publicity.  I couldn’t even convince the news manager to have someone investigate the error.    Complacency.

So the ‘fat button’ finger strikes again.  The Governor was looking pretty grim as he said he was going to get to the bottom of it.  So we’ve all been tested… again.   They never did trigger the new “attack warning” warble on the CD sirens.

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