Modern Times

Then there was the warning about a missile attack in Hawaii, telling people to run for cover. There was a long delay in telling people it was a false alarm, partially because the governor couldn’t remember his Twitter password.


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  1. Cindi says:

    I think the fact that he couldn’t remember his Twitter password is almost a distraction from the bigger issue.
    How could such an alarm be so easily set off.
    Surely it can’t be a simple as pushing a button!
    What is the protocol for alerting the state of nuclear war?
    What role does the military play in this?
    How the Hell was this possible?
    The fact that the governor couldn’t get on Twitter immediately, isn’t my biggest concern. It’s terrifying to think this was at all possible.
    People could have been injured or died.
    Heads need to roll.
    Cindi´s last blog post ..Blue

  2. Mike says:

    That retraction didn’t belong solely to the governor. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency should have been able to call it back, but they were 20 minutes slower than the governor.

    I think the media is making a mountain out a molehill on this. There is too much dependence on social media. The governors office should also have contacted regular media, not jus count on facebook and twitter.
    Mike´s last blog post ..Class C Motorhomes at Sunset Point

    • Jean says:

      Of course, that’s why his comment was so funny. I rarely use social media and I imagine a lot of other people don’t. They need to revamp their system and I’m guessing they know that now. When we had to evacuate because of fires they phoned us.

  3. Rummuser says:

    The cartoons reflect what I go through every morning.
    Rummuser´s last blog post ..What Is The Biggest Mistake You Have Made In Your Life? 2 On 1 #4

  4. Reminds me of something that happened to us this week—after the earthquake in Alaska early Tuesday morning, we were wakened by a loud knock on our door. It was a condo neighbor alerting us that a tsunami might occur and we needed to prepare. After the urgency was over that day, everyone felt very negative about the lack of a warning system. Thank goodness there was no tsunami, and we have time to work on this!
    Still the Lucky Few´s last blog post ..Oh, Those January Blues!

    • Jean says:

      I don’t know how it is now, but when we had to evacuate for our fires in 2000 and 2011 we were automatically warned by phone. I’m glad you weren’t affected by a tsunami, and that it has given a heads up to the authorities.

  5. Mike says:

    One of Karen’s blogging friends was on one of the less populated islands when the alert went out. She got a warning on her phone, wondered why the tsunami sirens weren’t being used, googled it and found out pretty quick that some officials were already saying it was a false alarm. So she went back to what she was doing.

    Then, when they went back home, they arrived just in time for the earthquake.

    They live in Wasilla, Alaska
    Mike´s last blog post ..Class C Motorhomes at Sunset Point

    • Jean says:

      At least the authorities are taking it seriously. And how great it is to be able to check for oneself. Sorry about the earthquake!

      I sympathize with the people who have to decide about evacuating for hurricanes. They can’t predict exactly what will happen, and there are so many people that evacuations are dangerous too.

  6. Cathy in NZ says:

    there is some type of alert, linked to most smart(I)phones in NZ…I had been advised there would be a test, but the link I found online, said only on certain models of phone – mine wasn’t listed…but I got an “test alert” at the time they had been advised…

    Occasionally local low lying areas are advised if a tsunami might arrive if a Pacific ocean earthquake is advised. My niece lives in such a place on the North Shore…but usually the potential disaster hasn’t got this far to NZ, maybe some huge waves, with beach alerts.
    (of course many dare devils take no heed, get out their surfboards, some go to the beach/other to observe…)

    I know quite a few people in their 50s + age group who don’t even own a cellphone and are not about to go down that avenue…I have one more for “security” when I’m out, or to alert someone “I’m late…” but because it is wi-fi enabled I often find myself in a free wi-fi area and I will look at it (but it’s in my bag, not in my left hand <g<)

    • Jean says:

      Our flip top phones have only text and voice and we mostly use them for me to check in with Andy every day. Sometimes he can text back, sometimes not. And we also have the Garmin so I can text him with that and mostly know where he is.

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