'This Is Not a Drill.' Thank God The False Alarm Missile Warning in Hawaii Happened on a Weekend, But It's a Warning for the Entire Country
Virtually the entire state of Hawaii was in a panic Saturday, after the state emergency management agency warned that a ballistic missile was “INBOUND,” and that people should “SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.”
“THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” said the message, complete with ALL CAPS. It was delivered all over. Words can’t do justice. Scroll down and you’ll see video.
Oh, but it was all a very big mistake.
If there is any bright side, maybe it’s that it all happened on a Saturday. No commuters, no school kids separated from their families–no financial markets, so the stock market didn’t crash. (Weekend or not, thank God the United States didn’t launch any kind of retaliatory attack.)
Take a look at the Twitter embeds below, showing a little bit about what it was like to live through this. (If the embeds don’t show, click through to the links.)
1. Robotic radio warning of “incoming ballistic missile.”
— Bethany (@bethuhneemartin) January 13, 2018
2. Broadcasting live on Periscope at the exact moment.
3. What it looked like on a phone.
4. What it looked like if you were watching television in Hawaii.
5. Human reaction.
“My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken.”
6. More human reaction.
“In one moment our lives changed completely, yes it was false, yes we’re alive. But this ruined me. My babies are 5 and 2months old they have their whole life ahead of them and here I sat with them in my arms saying sorry I tried to protect you the best I could.”
7. Live from the airport.
“My friend and ABC newsreader @JulianBAbbott was at Honolulu airport when the missile alert text message was sent out across #Hawaii. He’s about to board now but this is what he told me about what unfolded. *thread*”