On Saturday the people of Hawaii got an emergency alert notification claiming a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii.” Even though it was a false alarm, it sure did cause concern on social media.
The message was sent to some mobiles from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. There was a second text to confirm that it was a false alarm.. but that second text came almost 40 minutes later.
40 minutes leaves a lot of room for panic.
We were literally curled up in a ball under a blanket in a brick room after we pulled the closet doors off and blocked off the windows. What do you even do when you think you’re about to die hahaha let’s just say it was extremely dramatic— tipsy gypsy (@DarcSounds) January 13, 2018
AGAIN FALSE ALARM. What happened today is totally inexcusable. The whole state was terrified. There needs to be tough and quick accountability and a fixed process.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 13, 2018
I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^ pic.twitter.com/Kwca91IIy2— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 13, 2018
Also, my husband was on a plane that had just departed #Hawaii when we got the missile alert. I've been wondering if he and others flying were made aware. He's on a flight with spotty or no internet service & I haven't been able to reach him.— Sara Donchey (@KPRC2Sara) January 13, 2018
Missile threat to Hawaii called off. Having to say your possible last words to your parents over the phone is something I hope to never have to do again.— Molly Derryberry (@mollyderbs) January 13, 2018