Hawaii worker 'temporarily reassigned' after missile false alarm - MRCAESAR.COM

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Hawaii worker 'temporarily reassigned' after missile false alarm


The worker realized the epic blunder after receiving the ballistic missile alert on his phone. (SOCIAL MEDIA/REUTERS)
The employee responsible for inspiring mass panic with Hawaii's missile alert misfire has been "temporarily reassigned" pending an internal investigation of the blunder, officials said Sunday.
The longtime Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worker pressed the wrong button — twice — during a shift change, leading thousands of people on the idyllic state to believe a ballistic missile was headed for them.
The employee, who has not been identified, selected a missile launch warning from a drop-down menu instead of selecting an internal test alert that kicks off a new shift, agency spokesman Richard Rapoza said.
Not knowing he had selected the wrong option, he clicked “yes” when the computer prompt asked if he would like to continue. The worker realized the epic proportions of his error after receiving the same frightening missile alert on his own phone.
Rapoza said he will focus on other duties in the aftermath of the false alarm.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency administrator Vern Miyagi defended his worker Saturday when asked if he will face consequences for the technical gaffe.
The worker responsible for the erroneous missile alert will focus on other duties for now. (ANTHONY QUINTANO/AP)
“You gotta know this guy feels bad, right? I mean, he’s not doing this on purpose,” Miyagi said. “It was a mistake on his part. He feels terrible about it and it won’t happen again.”
The snafu went uncorrected for nearly 40 minutes as state officials waited for federal authorization to issue another alert retracting the mistaken warning.
The agency has since changed protocols to require two people to authorize an alert.
The state of Hawaii "did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said, calling the mistake "absolutely unacceptable."
An investigation of the false alarm is expected to be completed by next week in hopes that similar mistakes will not happen again.

- ny news 

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