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Employee Who Sent Out False Hawaii Missile Alert Believed Threat Was Real

By Dennis Matthew Livesey

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.