* STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ENGLISH ON FALSE BALLISTIC THREAT ALARM
J.Kalani English
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January 13, 2018
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STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ENGLISH ON FALSE BALLISTIC THREAT ALARM

The following is a statement by Senator J. Kalani English (Dist. 7- Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Kaho'olawe), Senate Majority Leader, on today's false ballistic threat alarm:

"The events surrounding this morning's false alarm regarding a 'ballistic missile threat to Hawai'i' is both unfortunate and very unacceptable. The Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency (Civil Defense) and the United States Pacific Command Center have confirmed that there is no threat to our islands.

I am outraged that a mistake of this magnitude occurred. The initial alert was sent out via Civil Defense at 8:15am HST and it took the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency over 38 minutes to clarify that the "alarm" was inadvertent and indeed a mistake. The panic and pandemonium that many in Hawai'i experienced was unwarranted and completely unnecessary.

I will be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to investigate into this matter and to provide the proper oversight to ensure that our state emergency alert system is properly functioning. We need to ensure that this never happens again and I am committed to doing so."

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