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Schatz to lead hearing on false missile alert

HONOLULU — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, will convene a hearing titled “Hawaii False Missile Alert: What Happened and What Should We Do Next?” April 5 in Honolulu. 

In January, the full committee examined policy concerns surrounding the use and effectiveness of the emergency alert system and wireless emergency alerts after a false ballistic missile threat alert was sent to Hawaii residents on Jan. 13.

The field hearing will focus specifically on the failure of the Hawaii emergency alert system and explore options to improve alerts.

“This hearing is about moving forward and fixing the emergency alert system,” Schatz said. “By bringing together state and federal officials, we can understand what happened, what resources are needed to make it right, and how we can improve the system overall.”

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