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Missile snafu ‘very close to impossible’ in Arizona, says official

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In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo provided to the Associated Press by Civil Beat, cars drive past a highway sign that says “MISSILE ALERT ERROR THERE IS NO THREAT” on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu./Photo: Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Alerts in Arizona go through a vetting process

By Uriel J. Garcia | The Republic

Could what happened in Hawaii occur here?

The erroneous message on Saturday that warned of an incoming ballistic missile has put other states’ emergency-alert systems under scrutiny.

The Hawaii alert, sent by a state official to countess cellphones in the island state, would be hard to replicate in Arizona, according to a state spokesman.

“It’s very close to impossible,” said Morgan Hoaglin, a communications supervisor for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.

The department is responsible for preparing and coordinating Arizona’s response to disasters emergencies and recovery efforts.

Hoaglin said alerts in Arizona go through a vetting process, and the department has never sent out a statewide alert before.

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  1. jim stack says:

    Never say Never or it’s impossible.

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