U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii says state and federal officials need to get the emergency alert system right. County officials say they would enact the comprehensive emergency management plan that outlines responses to several types of hazards. North Korea likely to have launched missile.
There are three people at MEMA who have the authority to send emergency alerts, a responsibility Faloon says they don't take lightly. It was a false alarm.
"It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the changeover of a shift, and an employee pushed the wrong button", said Hawaiian Governor David Ige.
"Back in the day, they trained for duck and cover but at the end of the day, this would be a nationwide event and the information would be coming out from the state", said Sutton.
Dispatchers received "more calls than they could handle" after a false alert of a missile attack was issued in Hawaii, according to officials.
In the aftermath of the confusion, the agency said that two people would now be required to sign off on an alert or a drill message.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the agency will be working with states to follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts like Hawaii's warning of a ballistic missile over the weekend.
Walden, who has spoken to Pai about the probe, said the government needed "to make sure our technologies and processes are up to date". In fact, just this morning Japanese broadcaster NHK accidentally sent a push alert to users of the NHK app saying "NHK news alert".