(BIVN) – On January 23, the Hawaii County Council Committee On Public Safety & Mass Transit discussed the false missile threat alarm with county officials.
Local radio broadcaster Chris Leonard was also present. Leonard recently returned from a trip to Washington where he discussed the January 13 fiasco with the Federal Communications Commission.
At the same council meeting, Kona councilman Dru Kanuha expressed his frustration with the emergency officials. He said he never even received the emergency alert on his cell phone.
Kanuha was not the only Big Island resident to say they did not receive the warning.
An investigator with the FCC – who was on hand for January 19 joint state house and senate briefing on the false alert on Oahu – offered some possible reasons why the emergency notification did not sound on all cell phones.
At the same hearing, Kona’s State Representative Nicole Lowen questioned the lack of warning sirens in parts of Kona. At the same meeting, State Senator Lorraine Inouye expressed some of the same concerns about coverage in rural areas of Hawaii Island.