“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.”
First of all, I can’t believe that I’m even writing a post about the 38 minutes of chaos in Hawai’i. I’m beyond thankful that the alert was made in error and that there was no threat to Hawai’i, but I can only imagine what was going through everyone’s mind.
I learned about the alert when my brother sent a text to our family group message mentioning what was happening and that he loved us. That right there is a completely surreal thing to go through. That was a holy sh*t moment. Of course, I wrote back that I hope it wasn’t true and that I loved him. And then I told A if he heard about the missile alert in Hawai’i, that drew up questions and he went to Google to see what he could find. That’s when he said, it was a false alarm. At that point and learning, as the night went on, there was still no second alert that went out saying it was a false alarm until much later. People in the mainland knew before Hawai’i residents that it was an error What the heck,right?!
You have well over a million people living in Hawai’i thinking that their lives are going to end and people have to find out through various forms of social media … that is just completely horrible! #HawaiiFail big time and this wake-up call shed light on the many things they need to improve on.
After I took some time to process everything that went on and the possibility of what could have happened. There’s really nothing at all that can prepare you for something like that. Both of my parents were born and raised in Hawai’i, so all of my family is there. The thought of that is just beyond crazy. I don’t even want to think it, but that’s reality … something like this could happen on any given day.
Me and A even talked about what we would have to do if in the event of a missile threat. To be honest, there’s not a whole lot you can do, kids were being put into storm drains for goodness sakes, if that’s not real enough as it is. You had students running to shelter at college campuses, I can only think of what people on the roads were doing. Complete chaos and fear.
I’m so thankful that my family and friends are safe in Hawai’i. Being there during this mishap, I can’t imagine and to be on the other side of things is nothing great as well.
Everyone deals with things differently, there’s a lot of memes and such out there, so I won’t be one to get all serious about that. Some deal with things by making light of a situation and to that I say to each their own. You do what you have to do to deal with something like that, I pass no judgment. Because myself along with so many other people, I will never know what it’s like to be sitting and waiting for what could very well be my last day on Earth.
And with that I say, cherish every single day you have, keep your loved ones close and have zero regrets.
x | I love you all.