Hawaii Emergency Alert

Miss. Senator Highlights Radio Operators Rapid Response to Hawaii’s False Ballistic Missile Alert

Jan 25 2018

Wicker: Amateur Radio Essential to Emergency Response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today attended a hearing to examine U.S. emergency alert systems in the wake of a false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii that left citizens terrified as various state and federal agencies struggled to correct the error.

In a series of questions to Mike Lisenco, a member of the Board of Directors for the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), Wicker underscored the rapid response of amateur radio operators to a false emergency alert that told Hawaii residents to seek immediate shelter from an incoming ballistic missile. As Lisenco told the committee, amateur radio operators were able to confirm within 13 minutes that the alert was false. An official retraction of the alert did not come until 38 minutes had elapsed.




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