HOUSTON - Hawaii Gov. David Ige is apologizing for the "pain and confusion" caused by false ballistic missile attack alert.
The alert was sent out around 12:15 p.m. Central time to those on the island. The Hawaii EMA tweeted out that there was no threat.
KPRC 2's Sara Donchey is currently in Hawaii and said she also received the alert on her cellphone.
This was my phone when I woke up just now. I'm in Honolulu, #Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore. They were hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/m6EKxH3QqQ — Sara Donchey (@KPRC2Sara) January 13, 2018
In a conciliatory news conference Saturday, Ige promised to evaluate the testing system to ensure such a mistake would never happen again.
The alert on Saturday sent the islands into a panic, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said the error happened when someone pushed the wrong button.
Both Miyagi and Ige promised a single person will not be able to make such an error in the future.
I am meeting this morning with top officials of the State Department of Defense and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to determine what caused this morning’s false alarm and to prevent it from happening again. — Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) January 13, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission is launching an investigation into the false alarm.
Ajit Pai tweeted, " The FCC is launching a full investigation into the false emergency alert that was sent to residents of Hawaii."