Schatz To Lead Senate Field Hearing In Hawai‘i On False Emergency Alert

Hearing Will Examine the State’s Emergency Alert System and Include Federal, State, and Local Officials

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), lead Democrat on the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, will convene a Senate field hearing in Honolulu on the state’s emergency alert system. The hearing will bring together local, state, and federal officials to look into the false emergency missile alert that went out across the state on January 13 and caused widespread panic.

“For the state to fix this system, we need to understand what happened, and then gather the state and federal resources needed to make this right,” Senator Schatz said. “This hearing is an important step on the road to regaining the public’s trust.”

Senator Schatz will soon announce more details on the hearing including the date, location, and witnesses who are being invited to testify.

The Honolulu field hearing will follow a similar one set for Thursday, January 25 in the U.S. Capitol. The Washington, DC hearing will focus on the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System, including Wireless Emergency Alerts.