False Attack Warning

Wailuku, Maui – At approximately 8:05 a.m. this morning there was a “ballistic missile attack” warning that went out statewide from the State Emergency Management Agency on Oahu. State officials later informed the Maui Emergency Management Agency that the warning was not real. A state investigation into what caused the false warning is underway.

“This appears to be a mistake, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from this, and we should,” said Communication Director Rod Antone. “Remember that if this attack had been real, people should ‘get inside, stay inside and stay informed.’

What this means is that if you’re out shopping, stay in the store; if you’re at home stay at home. Don’t go driving anywhere. Turn on the radio or television and listen to the news.”

A guidance summary of what to do in the event of an actual attack can be found at www.mauicounty.gov/emergency. For more information, contact the Maui Emergency Management Agency at 270-7285.