The Conversation: Friday, February 9th, 2018

Feb 9, 2018

The “Button Pusher” Speaks; Expert Assessment of HI-EMA; Lava Tour Hazards; HOT Daughter of Regiment

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The alert sent by "Employee 1" aka "The Button Pusher" was seen by thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors on their cell phones on the morning of January 13th.
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Emergency Management Agency “Button Pusher” Defends His Actions

The state employee who triggered last month’s false missile warning is speaking out. He claims that he is a scapegoat being used to cover up systematic failures and higher-level mistakes.

Intro Music: Ghost Walk by The Budos Band

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials work in the City of San Antonio and Bexar County Emergency Operations Center to monitor the path of Hurricane Ike circa 2008.
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Outside Experts Asses Hawaii’s Emergency Management System

The private firm GP Strategies advises governments and private entities around the world on best practices in emergency preparation and management. We asked two of the company’s experts to assess the known facts surrounding last month’s false missile alert.

Outro Music: Baby Missiles by The War On Drugs

A surface flow moves toward the ocean from Kilauea near Kalapana, Hawaii.
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Lava Viewing Safety

Lava tour guide Sean King died after possible exposure to a hazardous gas cloud.  The fumes were generated when a heavy rainstorm hit an active lava flow. King was well acquainted with the hazards of volcano viewing and had also volunteered with the Volcanoes National Park.

Outro Music: Cats by Sinai Vessel

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HOT’s Daughter of Regiment

Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment" tells one of the stories where everything gets hopelessly entangled, but you know it will all work out in the end, with plenty of laughs along the way.  

Intro Music: Let Me Back In by Rilo Kiley

Outro Music: U R Here by Boom Bip