It appears the employee who sent out the mobile and broadcast missile alert that was supposed to choose "DRILL - PACOM (CDW) - STATE ONLY" but instead chose "PACOM (CDW) - STATE ONLY" from an unordered list of equally unintuitive and difficult-to-read options. It's had the ability to do so since November, Rapoza said.
They said in a letter to the committee Tuesday that it's understandable for states to have primary jurisdiction over warnings for floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Hawaii started testing these sirens last month. North Korea likely to have launched missile.
Hawaii is home to key military bases and command centers, making it rich with potential targets for adversaries.
A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a January 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter.
The astonishing error and dismal response has prompted both state and federal investigations and left one of the state's USA senators wondering aloud if top brass at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency should be replaced.
Some subscribers may have been out of cell service range when the initial alert and the correction were issued.
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, said it's clear that human error initiated the false alert.
She also said the Department of Homeland Security is examining how the USA government can quickly verify the accuracy of alerts with agencies such as the Department of Defense. "We did, later on, contact HPD as we were going through all the county emergency response systems throughout the system".
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"This had the potential for being totally catastrophic", Hirono said. Gen. Kenneth Hara will provide a report in two months.
Gov. David Ige and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi will answer questions at Friday's hearing.
"I think the next steps that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has taken may offer opportunity for others to learn from, and so what role the FCC can play in either amplifying those statements or offering new statements has yet to be determined", Wiley said.
In addition, there is uncertainty about how long it takes for an alert to make its way to all cellphones since the nationwide system for mobile devices has never been tested, Gonzales said. NHK television deleted the warning after several minutes.