Outraged over the false-alarm missile alert that freaked them out and ruined their weekend on Saturday, some Hawaiians are calling in death threats to the agency responsible, according to a new report.
The threats came in through the agency’s public phone line, a spokesperson for Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency told Hawaii News Now.
According to the report, the agency put out a statement acknowledging, “We understand that members of our community are angry about Saturday’s false alarm, and we are looking at these messages as individuals blowing off steam. While we take any threat against our personnel seriously, we are doing our best not to escalate the situation.”
Saturday morning’s alert was reportedly caused by an employee accidentally hitting the wrong button on the agency’s emergency system. It wasn’t until 45 minutes later that a second alert was sent out letting residents know it was a false alarm.
“It was a mistake made during a standard procedure at the changeover of a shift and an employee pushed the wrong button,” Gov. David Ige told CNN on Saturday. “The warning went out to cellphones, television and radio got the emergency alert.”
Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke candidly to CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, blasting the “unacceptable” mistake. (see video, below)
“It’s these kinds of mistakes that we have seen happen in the past that bring us to this brink of nuclear war that could be unintentional,” she said. “And that’s really what’s at stake here for the people of Hawaii.”