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20:36  15 january  2018
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“This morning’s false alert was regrettable and completely avoidable,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority at a press conference. “There was no reason for the alert to be issued and the public needs to know that it was simply a mistake caused by human error. Our governor and the director of the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency have made strong public assurances that this type of mistake will never happen again, and we should all take that to heart.

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WASHINGTON — The Hawaii emergency management services worker who sent a false alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile this month had a long history of poor performance and sent the warning because he thought the state faced an actual threat, officials said on Tuesday.

An early-morning emergency alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack was dispatched to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday, setting off widespread panic in a state that was already on edge because of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea.

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“Already, procedures have been improved to ensure that an error of this magnitude is not repeated. The health and welfare of our residents and visitors is always the State of Hawai’i’s top priority and no agency takes that responsibility more seriously than the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency.

“We have been in contact with our tourism stakeholders to inform them of today’s false alert and reassure them that Hawai’i’s safety and security is unaffected by today’s unfortunate incident. There is no cause for travelers with trips already booked to Hawai’i or considering a vacation in the islands to change their plans.”

The alert was mistakenly issued by the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. Visitors and residents alike received text messages with the ominous warning: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

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An emergency alert notification sent out on Saturday claiming a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii " was a false alarm, according to state leaders and emergency officials, who blamed it Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also posted to Twitter soon after the initial alert , reassuring citizens that she has

Hawaii congresswoman responds to false alert . (CNN) The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency employee who triggered the false ballistic missile alert earlier this month It also tweeted that there was no missile threat. About 8:45 a.m. -- 38 minutes after the false alert went out -- a message

It took about 40 minutes for the emergency agency to rectify the mistake, but in the meantime residents and visitors went running for cover, with many also complaining about the lack of information on what exactly to do in just such a situation.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaiian Airlines sent a message asking airports to deplane passengers, although the airline quickly rescinded the message.

At the Sheraton Waikiki, guests were evacuated into the corridors, which have the thickest protection in the hotel.

“We didn’t have any medical issues at the hotel, but we had some very panicked people,” said Kelly Sanders, area general manager for Marriott Hawaii in a statement to the Star-Advertiser. “There were tears and families hugging themselves it was a very emotional 20 minutes. We were very lucky that nothing happened and it was a false alarm, but it does speak at a broader point to the geopolitical atmosphere in which we are living.”

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Athlete JJ Spaun tweeted from the basement of his hotel, where he said there was barely any service.

Mufi Hannemann, the president and CEO of Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, said the association is assessing whether there will be any short- or long-term damage to inbound tourism as a result of the false alarm.

“The question we have to ask is does this erode the confidence that people have in coming to Hawaii,” he said.

In the meantime, Szigeti and the HTA are assuring travelers, “Hawai’i continues to be the safest, cleanest and most welcoming travel destination in the world and the alarm created today by the false alert does not change that at all.”

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