False Warning in Hawaii, Late Wildfire Notification Spark Concern Over Emergency Warning Systems

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A screen shot take by Hawaiian citizen Alison Teal shows the screen of her mobile phone with an alert text message sent to all Hawaiian citizens on January 13, 2018. Hawaii officials swiftly confirmed a cell phone alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile was a 'false alarm' on January 13, 2018, but not before the ominous message unnerved residents and stirred confusion across the US state. (Photo: Alison Teal/AFP/Getty Images)

Hawaii and Japan both experienced false alarms about nuclear missile strikes in recent days. Such errors are raising questions about the reliability of emergency warning systems and how notification of a nuclear attack would unfold in California. Recent wildfires and landslides have exposed weaknesses too, leaving many people wondering if they will be adequately notified when danger strikes. Forum discusses California's emergency alert system with the director of the state’s Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci.


Mark Ghilarducci, director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)