>> All personnel take shelter immediately and take appropriate action.>> An investigation into the false alarm about an incoming missile attack that terrified Hawaiins earlier this month was caused by an employee who mistook a drill for the real deal. The false alarm was transmitted to mobile phones, caused widespread panic and went uncorrected for 38 minutes.
>> Is this right, did you just get this?>> There's a ballistic missile heading toward here.>> I just want to know that I love you guys.>> A state investigation into what went wrong inside Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency revealed on Tuesday the employee who sent the alert believed a ballistic missile really was headed for the state.
He was fired last week. The report did not name him, but said he worked at the agency for over ten years and had been a problem before. Infusing drills with real world events on at least two other occasions. The revelations contradicted earlier statements by Hawaii and officials, who said the January 13th alert was sent by an employee who pressed the wrong button on the menu.
The drill on a Saturday morning simulated a call from US Pacific Command reporting an incoming ballistic missile. The drill included the language exercise, exercise, exercise at the beginning and end of the test. But it also included the words, this is not a drill. Investigators said the employee claims to have heard this is not a drill, but not the word exercise.
Other employees said they heard the exercise language. Investigators said the same team had practiced the drill 26 times without error. In addition to the employee fired last week, the head of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency resigned on Tuesday.