Hawaii Missile Alert Sender Was '100% Sure' They Were Being Bombed

Hawaii Missile Alert Sender Was '100% Sure' They Were Being Bombed

Hawaii Missile Alert Sender Was '100% Sure' They Were Being Bombed

Former Hawaii Emergency Management Agency employee who had sent an alert across all cellular networks on January 13 about an incoming missile said he was "100 percent sure" the attack was real.

The worker, a man in his 50s, spoke to reporters on the condition that he not be identified because he has received threats. In the middle of the message it said this is not a drill then at the end I didn't hear exercise either because it was just an unannounced drill, unplanned and kind of a spriz thing where, you know, the sup supervisors weren't there.

Despite this, state officials say other workers present at the time clearly heard the word "exercise" repeated several times.

Once the man realized what had happened, he said he felt like he'd sustained a "body blow".

Speaking to NBC News, the former employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) instead blamed a systemic failure for the false alert on January 13 that sent thousands of terrified residents scrambling for cover.

He added: "I feel very badly for what's happened - the panic, the stress people felt, all the hurt and pain".

By 8:20 a.m., Hawaii EMA tweeted there was "NO missile threat" to the state, but failed to send a phone alert for another 38 minutes, causing mass panic among people who weren't able to check social media.

Later, when asked what he would have changed about that morning, the man added, "I can't say that I would do anything differently based on what I saw and heard".

The button pusher say he's been dealing with the fallout and calls it an utter hell - causing him problems with eating, sleeping and is now on medication.

"It seemed very real from the start, and the message that I heard was". The ex-worker disputed that, saying he was not aware of any performance problems. Officials revealed that the employee who sent the alert was sacked January 26.

"The protocols were not in place".

Bruce Oliveira, who conducted an HI-EMA investigation into the incident, said earlier this week that five other employees in the room heard the guidance that it was an exercise.

Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, Hawaii's state adjutant general, said Vern Miyagi, administrator of the state emergency management agency, resigned Tuesday.

The fired employee insisted he's being scapegoated by Hawaiian officials and he is considering legal action against The Aloha State. "It's just a big failure of the system". "I don't think were equipped to do it".

The fallout over the incident didn't stop with the former worker.

According to federal officials, he has refused to co-operate with investigators beyond submitting a written statement.

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