A missile warning was issued for Hawaii only a few weeks ago. The warning was soon lifted after leaders declared that it was sent out as a mistake. Some people who live in the state are relieved while others don’t believe that the warning was sent in error. Governor David Ige realized only a few minutes after the warning was sent out that it wasn’t a true event. However, he couldn’t deliver any kind of statement through social media because he forgot his Twitter password.
Governor Ige offered statements that he didn’t know any of the information to log into his Twitter account or other media accounts. He is now saving all of the information on his phone so that he can quickly deliver alerts and messages when they are needed. The missile alert was sent by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency on January 13. Many residents and tourists were frightened because of statements that have been made by North Korea about launching a missile. Only two minutes after the alert was sent, Governor Ige received word that it was a false message.
Unfortunately, the message about the alert being false wasn’t sent out for another 38 minutes because of the forgotten password. It had already taken about 15 minutes for the first alert that was false to get reported on media sites and on news stations. There has been concern and negative responses about the time frame for getting the messages delivered to people who live in the state. These issues are being resolved, and Governor Ige is working with emergency agencies in order to find a solution for getting information to the public in a short time. One employee is being blamed for sending out the missile alert message. He hit the wrong button close to the end of his shift. Residents started gathering in basements and took the precautions necessary for their safety as soon as the message was sent.