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Gabbard, Hanabusa introduce bill to strengthen preparedness following missile alert mistake

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WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) -

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.

The Civil Defense Preparedness Act of 2018 would expand a grant program through the Department of Homeland Security to help states better prepare in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack.

“The false ballistic missile alert sent out in Hawaii earlier this year, and the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea, reveal major gaps in preparedness measures and alert plans across all levels of our government,” said Gabbard, in a statement. “Addressing this must be taken seriously and made a priority in Hawaii and across the country.”

Gabbard and Hanabusa also introduced a bill in February that would ensure more transparency in investigations into the false missile alert.

Hanabusa said the bill introduced Tuesday would help DHS prioritize grant funding for communities that are most at risk.

“Hawaii and many other municipalities around the country will benefit from increased access to federal funding to support community preparedness and response,” she said.

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