Hawaii Missile Alert Sender Was '100% Sure' They Were Being Bombed

Saul Bowman
February 4, 2018

That probe determined he was confused by the exercise cautioning that it was "not a drill", as he said in the interviews with CNN and NBC News.

The fired emergency worker told NBC News he "didn't hear (the word) "exercise" at all in that whole transmission". "Exercise! Exercise!" But the warning also included "This is not a drill", in a script federal regulators say deviated from established procedure.

An investigation released by the state described the employee as having a poor work history; other members of its staff said they did not feel comfortable with his work.

A recorded Pacific Command message was played over loudspeakers at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency that began 'exercise, exercise, exercise, ' then warned of an incoming ballistic missile and said, 'This is not a drill'.

But the employee's lawyer, Michael Green, said his client is an agency scapegoat.

"That's a mystery to me", the employee said.

According to the former employee, that's why he thought it was real situation.

By 8:20 a.m., Hawaii EMA tweeted there was "NO missile threat" to the state, but failed to send a phone alert for another 38 minutes, causing mass panic among people who weren't able to check social media.

"No one was ready for this day", Green said by phone.


In the wake of the incident, the head of the Emergency Management Agency and its executive officer have also resigned.

The employee said today that "that's not true".

But the missile drill mistake was not the officer's first mishap, authorities said.

Logan said he appointed Brig.

Oliveira made two dozen recommendations, including eliminating practice drills during a shift change, stronger confirmation prompts for those sending an alert, and improved training.

The anonymous employee told NBC he had received death threats. Before November, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's alerts were predominantly were about hurricanes, possible tsunamis and other Earth-driven events. "I still feel very badly about it", he said.

Oliveira's findings echoed an Federal Communications Commission report issued Tuesday.

The button pusher say he's been dealing with the fallout and calls it an utter hell - causing him problems with eating, sleeping and is now on medication. "We simply need to identify the problems in order to fix them - not just in Hawaii, but anywhere else where they may exist".

The fallout over the incident didn't stop with the former worker. The man told CNN that it was three days before someone talked to him about the incident and that was when a supervisor asked him to write a statement. He said he saw a doctor for sleep issues.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER