Spokane County confident in their emergency alert system

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"What we're finding is it's not dependent on carrier or location, or anything like that".

There are three people at MEMA who have the authority to send emergency alerts, a responsibility Faloon says they don't take lightly.

President Donald Trump did not make any public comments about the false alert on Saturday.

Hawaii's mistake Saturday terrified residents and visitors, including honeymooners Sam and Angie Novak of Stevens Point.

And don't think Hawaii is an exception. The threat might have been received differently if tensions with North Korea were lower, but repeated rounds of threats between North Korea and the United States have raised concerns about the real potential for an attack.

The population of California is roughly 40 million people. The most comforting fact, though is that they've used it successfully many times before.

A state employee accidentally caused the panic Saturday for 38 minutes, when the Hawaii State Emergency Management Agency sent out a false security alert. Mobile phones and televisions throughout the islands displayed an alert stating a ballistic missile strike was imminent: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII, SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER".

Governor Ige told CNN officials that human error caused the alert to go out.

The Federal Communications Commission will be involved in the review of the alarm.

IPAWS stands for Integrated Public Alert Warning System.

The audio from the two alerts was later identified as an old phone call from a conspiracy radio show and a Christian radio program.

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

The FCC is now flying two representatives to Hawaii to work closely with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai launched an effort this month to push US telecommunications giants and smartphone makers to sharply upgrade the emergency alert system, allowing for geo-targeted alerts by November 30, 2019. During the test the THAAD system engaged and simultaneously intercepted two ballistic missile targets.

Sadly, most Americans, and our government, have become complacent regarding basic civil defense procedures.

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also posted to Twitter soon after the initial alert, reassuring citizens that she has confirmed with officials that "there is no incoming missile" and told CNN's Jake Tapper the alert was "inadvertent".

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