HI-EMA de­ba­cle doesn’t make sense

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

Noth­ing makes sense in this Hawaii Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency de­ba­cle. Why would any im­por­tant agency have a drill be­tween shifts? A drill should not have dis­rup­tions or in­ter­rup­tions like shift changes.

How can a su­per­vi­sor de­vi­ate from a script on his own in a drill? A “drill” can­not be im­pro­vised dur­ing a real-time pro­ce­dure.

No one in their right mind would have as the but­ton-pusher a per­son who failed twice be­fore and been a source of con­cern for 10 years.

How did five warn­ing of­fi­cers hear the word “ex­er­cise” but were not both­ered that the words, “this is not a drill,” was con­tra­dic­tory?

If warn­ing of­fi­cers are not re­quired to check with a col­league, how is the but­ton pusher to blame if the script says, “This is not a drill”?

Noth­ing was in the script to de­ac­ti­vate the warn­ing or send an all-clear mes­sage. They ex­pected the but­ton pusher to make a cor­rec­tion when even the gov­er­nor couldn’t.

This guy is the only one who did his job. Every­one else failed.

Ken Chang Ka­neohe

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