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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 15:59

Breaking Down What Really Happened During the Hawaii False Alert

On our latest episode of The Watchdog, our hosts sat down to talk with Michael Gonzalez, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and senior physical IT systems administrator at a large utilities company in Hawaii, to talk about his experience during the recent Hawaii false nuclear missile alert. We have the full interview for you here:

Walk us through what those first few minutes after the alarm sounded were like for you. As far as I understand, you were still in bed, weren’t you?

Yeah, it was about 8:03 in the morning when I got the alert on my iPhone. My girlfriend got it at the same time, so we had our phones sitting on opposite bedside tables and we both woke up to a start, thinking it was probably a flash-flood. We looked outside and saw that it was sunny and not raining, so I grabbed my phone. I looked at it and read the message: [“Emergency alert, ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.”]. My girlfriend and I both looked at each other, kind of in disbelief, and we got up and walked to the living room. I turned on the television and everything was normal. Business as usual, which kind of threw me off. Next thing I did was track down my kids.