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Feds may take lead on future missile alerts

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz’s attempt to give the federal government responsibility for alerting the public of a missile threat was passed by the U.S. Senate as part of a $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2020 that focuses on evolving threats from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. Read more

Emails a reminder of lack of leadership

Poor David Ige. He’s been working so hard lately to try to prove that he’s been working so hard the last four years, holding a bunch of bill signing ceremonies and press conferences to tout various things he says he’s done. Read more

Botched missile alert inspires broad FCC recommendations

The Federal Communications Commission said future ballistic missile warning tests in Hawaii should not include words that hark back to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — specifically, “This is not a drill.” Read more

Delegation calls on military to handle missile warnings

All four members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation urged the U.S. military Thursday to take responsibility for alerting the public about any future ballistic missile attacks, taking that role away from the state, which botched the job in January. Read more

Retired Navy captain takes helm of HI-EMA

Strategic planning will be a top focus for the new administrator of the beleaguered Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, who comes aboard as the agency works to shore up public confidence following January’s false missile alert. Read more

Hanabusa challenges Ige on missile alert records

Hawaii officials have repeatedly pointed to a low-level state employee and a breakdown in his agency’s leadership as the main cause for a January missile alert that left hundreds of thousands of islanders thinking they might die in a nuclear blast. But efforts to find out more about what other top officials did that day have been stymied at the highest levels of state government. Read more

False missile alert sets off creative burst

The false missile alert the morning of Jan. 13 generated widespread fear and panic in Hawaii, but also spurred creativity in some quarters of the arts and entertainment community. Read more

Millions needed to beef up state’s emergency preparedness, report says

Hawaii residents shouldn’t expect the state to resume ballistic missile alert testing anytime soon, but the beleaguered Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is immediately seeking to hire a new leader and procure millions from the state Legislature to shore up its disaster-response capabilities. Read more

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