The message was not only sent to cellphones, it was also broadcasted on the radio and TV.
Kylie Anne was holidaying in Hawaii with her husband and children when the public alert went off, warning residents in Hawaii that a ballistic missile was heading their way. "It was a false alarm based on a human error".
The threats of North Korea sending ballistic missiles capable of reaching the mainland U.S. has surely placed the residents on guard.
Sara then told us their next thought: "What now?"
According to recent reports, the country's emergency alert system which is delivered by the FCC with telecoms and tech companies and used by local government and emergency services to send alerts, is due to be overhauled.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi said the error happened when someone pushed the wrong button.
Hawaii Governor David Ige said in a news conference that alert procedures will be changed to prevent something like this from happening again.
Given Hawaii's positioning, the islands would be earlier to reach than the United States mainland.
Many people did not receive a corrected alert on their phones until 8:45 a.m., 38 minutes after the warning of the incoming missile.
Williams' daughter in Evansville was the first person to tell her that the alert was a mistake.
Gabbard, a Democrat, blamed President Donald Trump, who was at his Florida golf club on Saturday, for what she said was a failure to take the threat of North Korea seriously.
That's twice as long as it would have taken for a missile to reach the North Pacific chain of islands, from North Korea. Stacey Bow, 56, of Honolulu, said she received the emergency alert on her smart phone.
"Our phones went off with the alert".
In addition, State Rep. Scott Saiki, the Democratic speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives, declared on Facebook that "this can not happen again".