Hawaii Panics After False Missile Alert

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," read the initial alert.

Genesis Sandoval, Reporter

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On Saturday, January 13, the state of Hawaii was sent into panic after receiving an emergency alert for a ballistic missile threat that was declared to be not a drill. Those located in Hawaii were told to seek shelter, instilling anxiety and terror in those who could be affected. But 38 minutes later, another emergency alert went out, this time stating it was just a false alarm.

For Kimberly Jones, those 38 minutes were spent in her home bathroom eight other people. “We [my household] gathered in the bathroom and I ranted,” she said.

Kimberly Jones’ husband, Darrell Jones, explains that after the alert went out, “I immediately got the family and our visiting family friends all together in the safest part of the house, accounted for everybody and explained what was going on.”

Recently, many Americans have unfortunately begun to expect something like a missile strike in their lifetime. This hasn’t always been the case though.

“We’ve talked about it as a family. I’ve made off the cuff comments such as, ‘well I’ll die in paradise,’” Kimberly Jones explained. “But never did I ever think it was a serious possibility.”

Whether or not the missile alert was a genuine mistake has been a topic of conversation since the confirmation that no missile would be hitting Hawaii. Some believe that the alert could have been sent out accidentally, while others believe there is more to the story.

“I think it’s a little too ‘off’ to be a simple push of the wrong button mistake. I’m wearing my tinfoil hat on this one. Even more so after Japan’s false alarm,” said Kimberly Jones.

Darrell Jones isn’t on the same page as Kimberly though. “Looking at the screenshot of the selection list it was easily mistaken,” he explained.

While this was only a drill, many are left to wonder what this could mean for the future. Darrell Jones shared his thoughts explaining, “If the alert coincides with another event, it could have the potential [to affect the future of the United States].”

Most everyone can agree that this was a fearsome experience, but fortunately not everyone felt traumatized after the event. “I’m glad we could laugh about it right away because some people are still hung up on it,” Kimberly Jones joked. “There are some very funny memes!”

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