FCC Releases Hawaii False Alert Report, Announces Emergency Alerting Roundtable
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | Comments

The FCC released its final report on the Jan. 13 false alert of an imminent ballistic missile attack in Hawaii. The report includes best practices to guard against false alerts.

A combination of human error and inadequate safeguards contributed to the transmission of the false alert. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) lack of preparation for how to respond to the transmission of a false alert was largely responsible for the 38-minute delay in correcting the alert. HI-EMA has taken steps designed to ensure that an incident such as this never happens again.

Separately, the FCC will host a public roundtable on emergency alerting May 15 to help encourage awareness and understanding of the best practices.

A preliminary report was released in January. The full report is here.

More information on the roundtable is here.

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