Mom Recounts Moments Of Panic After The False ‘Inbound Ballistic Missile" Alert Hit Hawaii

Early Saturday morning, the state of Hawaii woke up to a disturbing emergency alert on their phones.

“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” it read. It may not have been a drill, but it certainly wasn’t accurate. The alert was later blamed on a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency employee pressing the wrong button.

Adrienne Robillard, her husband and their two children were visiting family in Maui for the weekend. They were just waking up, getting ready for the day in their hotel room when the alert came in.

She recounted the day in an interview with

“I said to my husband, ‘close the sliding door and the blackout drapes’ and said to our kids, ‘everybody go in the bathroom.’”

She said her 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter asked what was going on.

“I didn’t have the answer, exactly. We tried to stay calm,” she said.

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