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One Year After False Missile Alert, What Has Changed?

Daniel Ramirez
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January 13th, 2018 was the day of the false  missle alert. Residents and visitors in Hawaii didn't know what to think at first. Many thought it couldn't be real, but then a second later… 'what if it is?' Some searched for verification, while others waited for a second alert to say this was a false alarm. It was just a drill, but that  notification didn't come until  38 minutes later.  That incident exposed a serious flaw in our emergency system.

So what are the lessons learned? Today we have emergency management officials from the State, County and Federal levels in studio with us, to talk not just about getting caught flatfooted but to examine our reponse to the following natural disasters that followed and consumed us in 2018.

Our guests today are:

  • Tom Travis, head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
  • Hirokazu  “Hiro” Toiya, Acting Director of the City’s Department of Emergency Management 
  • Dolph Diemont, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Managment Agency 

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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