After conducting a preliminary investigation the FCC has determined the emergency management employee who sent out the false missile alert in Hawaii on January 13th believed the threat to be real. “A combination of human error and inadequate safeguards contributed to this false alert.”
According to the report a confusion during a shift change lead to the alert going out. A morning shift officer was informed that a drill was being conducted, but believed the drill was limited to midnight shift workers. “As a result, the day shift supervisor was not in the proper location to supervise the day shift warning officers when the ballistic missile defense drill was initiated."
The employeewho sent out the alert has since been fired and the head of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, Vern Miyagi, resigned Tuesday after taking responsibility for the incident.
The FCC later released a detailed timeline of how the event played out.
New FCC prelim. investigation presentation explains how Hawaii missile alert was purportedly triggered:— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 30, 2018
"the warning officer at the
alert origination terminal claimed to believe, in a written statement ... that this was a real emergency, not a drill" pic.twitter.com/NGxa4L0OH6
In a supremely ironic twist, during their coverage of the story CNN experienced their own alert related mishap. CNN bombarded subscribers with the same news alert over and over, and the reaction completely overshadowed the original story.
I’ve gotten about 20 alerts on my iPhone and Apple Watch with the CNN notification about the Hawaii missle alert guy being fired.... Maybe the person behind cnn or apple notifications should be fired?— Adriana (@adri_dentone) January 30, 2018
PLLEEEAAAASSSEEEEEE MAAAKKKKEEEE ITTTTTT STTTOOOOOOOPPPPPP— JB The Juice Gawd (@Juicy_Noneya) January 30, 2018
LOFL....NOW we send you to the alert for the ACTUAL MISSLE. what's that? Your alerts are now turned off? That's too bad. Well played, CNN alerts staff.— karlyn jay (@karlynjay) January 30, 2018
Twitter was beyond relieved when the notifications finally stopped.
What caused CNN's blunder? Only one explanation made sense.
H/T - NBC