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Hawaii Tested By Inbound Ballistic Missile

January 13, 2018 - The threat of an inbound ballistic missile caused scare for Hawaii residents.

"EMERGENCY ALERT - BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT TO HAWAII.  SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.  THIS IS NOT A DRILL."  Chilling words flashed across mobile devices, radio and television broadcasts to hundreds of thousands of isle residents.  As quickly as our Saturday morning was shaken, messages of a false alarm were sent.

But still many heeded the alert as the real thing.  Rightly so, if you sought shelter and tuned into local broadcasts for information, you did exactly what the public has been told to do.  Get inside, stay inside, stay tuned is the mantra shared by the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).  Since November the formerly named State Civil Defense has been educating communities of what to do during a similar incident yet, not enough of our population is singing to the same tune.

Irregardless of disheartened feelings behind the mornings misfortune, we ask that you familiarize yourself with the following resources so that should our state be tested again, we'd be #WaianaeReady.
November 15, 2017 - State Senator Maile Shimabukuro (District 21) and the WCDRT co-hosted a Town Hall Meeting at Waianae District Park regarding ballistic missile preparedness.  Vern Miyagi, Administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) along with Mel Kaku, Director of the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management (Honolulu-DEM) gave a presentation about what to do when threat of a ballistic missile launch becomes a reality.
HI-EMA Emergency Preparedness - presentation
If you weren't able to attend the town hall, check out this video of the same presentation made to local, state, and private partners as well as various communities statewide.
Here are some additional resources:
HI-EMA Nuclear Threat Presentation
Guidance Summary for Coordinated Public Messaging, Nuclear Detonation
Frequently Asked Questions with Answers, Ballistic Missile Preparedness

For more information visit HI-EMA's website.
"Alex Wallenstein, a nuclear historian at the Stevens Institute of Technology, created a NukeMap that allows you to visualize what explosions [various yield] would look like in your hometown."  This is an excerpt from a 2015 Washington Post article entitled, "What it would look like if the Hiroshima bomb hit your city."

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