Kansans in Hawaii respond to false threat

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The man responsible for the state of Hawaii's Emergency Management system vows to look into a false alarm that was sent out this morning to the state - warning of a ballistic missile strike.

There were a variety of reactions across the state. Eyewitness News caught up with people from Kansas who now live in Hawaii.

"I was starting to get a little nervous, but I was thinking to myself, wow and I can't believe this is actually happening, my dad is visiting from Kansas and he's only been here about a week and he's like wow this is serious."

Mikaela Kitchen, her fiancee, and father followed the message and quickly began to look for shelter.

"We knew of a concrete building just down the street, like not even two blocks away, so we grabbed a ton of water and the only food I had was peanut butter, and some dog treats. So we just went to that concrete structure and stayed inside."

Meanwhile, on the Garden Island, Linda, a Wichita resident said they went on about their day.

"We didn't think it was real and we were probably not wise to take it as a drill but we didn't and no one is terrified over here."

Mikaela was wondering if it was real too.

"A month ago they did sirens tests which sounds like Kansas tornado sirens, and we thought it was strange we got the text messages but no sirens were going off."

Hawaii Emergency Management says it was a mistake they're looking into.

"It took 20 minutes saying this is not real, in that 20 minute time frame a missile could have hit because it is a 12-minute window before the missile comes, so everybody is pretty upset about it."

The FCC is investigating the incident.

It took emergency officials 38 minutes from the time the alert was sent to send another that notified everyone the previous one was false.