Jessica Frick, a resident of Laie, said that it was difficult to find information about whether or not the missile alert was real. Frick said she and her husband already have problems hearing the state’s monthly tsunami warning siren tests from their house.
“We sought out answers from news outlets but had zero luck,” Frick told HuffPost. “Then we sought out answers on social media. Mainlanders and [Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-Hawaii) social media accounts] were how we found out it was a mistake.”
The false alarm showed Frick how unprepared she was for such an attack.
“We realized we are definitely not prepared,” she said. “But for a disaster of that type of magnitude, how prepared can you really be?”
State lawmakers have criticized emergency officials for the error, which caused widespread fear.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) called the slip-up “totally inexcusable.”
“The whole state was terrified,” he tweeted Saturday. “There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.”
After the alert was broadcast across the islands, Rep. Gabbard told CNN that “the people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here of a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii.”
“This is a real threat facing Hawaii,” she added.
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