The measure from Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune would direct FEMA to share best practices with state, local and tribal authorities on avoiding and retracting false alerts.
Earlier this year, the people of Hawaii received an emergency alert on their phone. This alert read:
As you can probably now tell, a missile did not hit Hawaii in January 2018This message, which explicitly said was “not a drill,” indeed turned out to be just that: a drill. The test message was mistakenly sent out as an actual emergency alert. However, at the time, it took nearly 40 minutes for officials to issue a correction about the alert, sending pretty much everyone on the island in a...
An employee of the Hawaii agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts about an imminent missile attack earlier this year said he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job.