The fallout continues from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s false alert this month warning the public of an incoming ballistic missile. On Monday, Gov. David Ige told reporters a reason for the delay in clarifying the alarm was that he didn’t know the password for his Twitter account.
Since the incident, which spread panic across the state with people scrambling to take shelter, an investigation by the agency and the Federal Communications Committee revealed that Hawaii did not have a protocol in place to reverse the false alarm.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported:
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency issued the false alarm at 8:07 a.m. and Ige was told the missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after the alert was sent to cell phones across the state. However, Ige’s office did not get out a cancellation message until 17 minutes after the alert.
Ige was asked about that delay when he met with reporters after his State of the State address today, and he said that [sic] “I was in the process of making calls to the leadership team both in Hawaii Emergency Management as well as others.”
Ige added, “I have to confess that I don’t know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that’s one of the changes that I’ve made. I’ve been putting that on my phone so that we can access the social media directly.”
t is not unusual for staff to be given posting duties on social media accounts, the Star-Advertiser noted.
Twitter turned out to be the main source for getting the word out that the missile alert was false, including a tweet from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). full story