Nearly four months after a bogus ballistic missile alert was sent to Hawaii phones, the FCC has issued its final report on the debacle and pledged to continue offering education -- and oversight -- to ensure another false alert isn't sent out.
U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa introduced a bill on Tuesday that aims to strengthen civil defense preparedness in Hawaii and in the country – another measure in response to January's false missile alert.
After January's false nuclear missile alert caused widespread panic across the state, Hawaii's visitor industry leaders want to ensure its hotels and their employees know what to do in the event of a real threat.
In the minutes after the false missile alert went to all Hawaii phones in January, fear and disbelief quickly turned to anger as residents learned that the alarm had been sent in error, newly-released 911 calls show.
The Republican package would re-open the shuttered parts of government and boost some spending. To try to draw more bipartisan support, it adds $12.7 billion in supplemental funding for regions hit by hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.