How does it work? A look at how Vermont sends emergency alerts

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Tuesday, Japanese public broadcaster NHK mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning that North Korea had fired a missile. "The government J-alert urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground".

Five minutes later, NHK sent another notification: "The news alert about a North Korean missile sent earlier was a mistake".

- Almost 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza said Tuesday his agency asked FEMA for clarification on Saturday about whether rescinding an alert was an appropriate use of the warning system. "Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill", caused widespread chaos and panic.

It was transmitted to mobile phones and broadcast on television and radio across the island shortly after 8am local time on Saturday.

At Hawaii News Now, we figured out from other agencies that the alarm was a mistake at 8:19 a.m., and immediately sent out the word on our digital platforms.

State officials said a worker triggered the false alarm by clicking a mouse on the wrong item on a computer screen while performing a routine internal test of the system. NHK deleted the tweet and text warning after several minutes, issued a correction and apologized several times on air and on other formats.




The Democrat spoke to reporters Wednesday after he met with members of the state's congressional delegation and officials from federal agencies. North Korea likely to have launched missile.

Some changes have already been made, including requiring two people to approve emergency alerts. A day when many in our community thought our worst nightmare might actually be happening", Ige said, adding "I know first-hand that what happened today was totally unacceptable, and many in our community was deeply affected by this.

"Total panic and helplessness", is what Jacky told Fox 5 NY she felt when she thought she'd never see her grandchildren again before learning that the missile alert was an error.

"Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations", he said in a statement. It was not sent until 38 minutes after the initial alert.

The Emergency Management Agency was unreachable.

He says the state must also ensure everyone gets accurate information.

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