Anytime a company starts a program that is to detect issues, it never goes well. You know, when you are at work and the bosses say we have something new. It will take away your frustrations and it will be better. All your issues will be taken care of when it goes online. You think your job is bad at it? Just think about how Hawaii feels. After several weeks of investigations, it seems that a person was fired, and two people resigned due to the clusterfuck that was the Hawaiian Missile Alert System.
While much of this news was buried under whatever Trump did wrong this week, we have our answers. It appears, as suspected, someone thought it was a real-world exercise. A 50-something technician failed to notice the simulation and believed it was a real-world event.
“I felt sick afterward. It was like a body blow,” the man, who did not want to be identified, told reporters. The incident sparked island wide panic and was not corrected for 38 minutes. Much of that time was due to the governor unable to remember his Twitter login.
The recorded drill message began and ended with the words: “Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!” But the warning also included “This is not a drill”, in some script federal regulators say deviated from established procedure.
“I heard this is not a drill, and I didn’t hear exercise at all,” the worker who pressed the alert said on Friday, in his first comments since the incident.
“I’m really not to blame for this, it was a system failure and I did what I was trained to do,” he told NBC News.
Despite all that, other workers there clearly heard the word “exercise” repeated several times, according to the BBC. The man, believed to be in his fifties, wanted not to be revealed. He claims for safety reasons after receiving threats against his life. Makes sense since you scared the shit out of people on that island.
Officials claim that the worker had “poor performance” on the job, he has been a source of concern from colleagues for the last decade, unable to distinguish real-life incidents from drills.
“I feel very badly for what’s happened, the panic and stress people felt and all the hurt and pain,” the employee said. “The last few weeks and it’s been very difficult.”
As far as punishments go, the suspect was fired from his position, as was an administrator and executive officer of the state’s Emergency Management Agency resigned. As for the governor’s Twitter login info, he has stored his account details. Hopefully, he will be able to avoid this incident repeating itself.