Hawaii Gov. forgotten log-in details behind missile alert correction delay

Lawrence Kim
January 23, 2018

Though Ige was informed by the state's adjutant general that the alert was false two minutes after it was sent, he waited until 8:24 a.m.to tweet, "There is NO missile threat".

Ige's answer: he couldn't log into Twitter.

Oops... Hawaii governor was late in retracting false missile alert because he "forgot" Twitter logon Governor of Hawaii David Ige failed to avert moments of horror for citizens caused by a false ballistic missile alert as he did not know the login and password for his Twitter account, local media have reported.

Asked why he did not mention the false alert during his State of the State address, Ige said he did not think it was appropriate to bring it up, and noted that he has already made several press statements about the subject.

It ultimately took 38 minutes for authorities to officially announce that the urgent notification was a mistake caused by human error, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi, pictured left next to Hawaiian Governor David Ige, said they "made a mistake".

Ige said he has now saved the information to his cellphone so that he can access his social media accounts without having to turn to his staff for assistance.

"I've been putting that on my phone so that we can access the social media directly".

"The missile alert fiasco highlighted flaws both human and technological in the state's civil defence warning system", says USA military news site Stars and Stripes. The message was mistakenly sent out because an employee pushed the wrong button during a shift change.

"Others, including the one for a missile attack, 'PACOM (CDW)-STATE ONLY, ' use shorthand initials".

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly also said Monday that he and others in the agency are working with officials in the state to ensure that such a substantial delay doesn't occur, or the false alarm doesn't occur in the first place.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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