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Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza says his agency asked FEMA for clarification on Saturday whether rescinding an alert was an appropriate use of the warning system.

For their part, Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Miyagi, the emergency management administrator, apologized and vowed changes.

State officials later explained it was a false alarm.

"The flash was a mistake", NHK said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn't need federal approval to retract a cellphone alert mistakenly sent over the weekend warning of a ballistic missile attack.

And after the alert, they received no follow-up about what to do, where to go, how to survive after a blast, or what plans the state and USA government had.

"When it comes to matters of national security, including whether a ballistic missile has been launched against the United States, one must question whether any state emergency management agency is best suited for that role", the letter read, according to the Associated Press. "Earlier message was sent in error". Hawaii residents didn't receive a retraction until 38 minutes after the alert.

"Everybody stood their post", Chief Neves said.

The official did not provide timings of the briefings.

While many in Hawaii who got the alert panicked, Smith said she and her family remained calm.

"There is no missile threat", the Democratic senator tweeted. It needs to have safeguards to ensure false alarms aren't issued. "There is nothing more important to Hawaii than professionalizing and fool-proofing this process".

In the confusion over a false missile warning, police in Hawaii say 911 dispatchers told callers it was real and they didn't have information about shelters.

Walden, who has spoken to Pai about the probe, said the government needed "to make sure our technologies and processes are up to date".

"Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations", he said in a statement. Trump aside, at least the Federal Communications Commission has promised a full investigation of what went wrong.

How does the military track missile launches? The test was conducted by the Ballistic Missile Defense System Operational Test Agency with the support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. "There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii".

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