WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono and staff of U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa were briefed by federal and state agencies on the false emergency alert that went out across the state Saturday. The delegation asked about last weekend’s incident and discussed how to prevent another false alarm.
• “This is a state responsibility but we need federal support — federal oversight and expertise,” Schatz said. “Today, the FCC, FEMA, and DoD committed to providing that support and helping our state figure out what went wrong and how we can fix it.”
• “Our delegation wants to get to the bottom of what occurred to make sure this mistake never happens again,” Hirono said.
• “We heard today that in addition to investigations by the state and the FCC, FEMA will also be conducting its own investigations into the colossal chain of failures that took place. The people of Hawaii deserve timely answers and corrective action from our government and all those involved to regain the confidence and trust of the people of Hawaii,” Gabbard said.
• “Today’s informational briefing for the Congressional delegation was an important starting point for the work we must do to establish an effective and reliable ballistic missile alert system in Hawaii and around the country,” Hanabusa said.