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"FALSE-ALARM LESSONS: Disaster researchers study response to Hawaii missile alert"

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UD Anthropology Post Doc Jennifer Trived research featured in UD review

​"Two days after the false alarm, Jennifer Trivedi, a postdoctoral researcher with the DRC, arrived in Hawaii and began interviewing people about those 38 minutes when many believed they were under attack.

While many residents and tourists reported being frightened during the incident, Trivedi said the most common reaction was confusion during the alert and frustration after learning that it had been issued in error.

“I was somewhat surprised at how calm people were,” Trivedi said. “Some believed it was an actual attack at the time, and some didn’t think it was real, but almost no one used the word ‘panic.’ ”

What people did report, she said, was a sense of confusion. In spite of recent global tensions, particularly involving North Korea, most people told Trivedi that they didn’t have a clear idea of what action they should take in case of an actual missile attack.

“The main theme was that there was a lack of information,” she said. “Where should they seek shelter? Should they pick up their kids from school? Are there public fallout shelters? They realized that they didn’t know the answers to these kinds of questions.”

Trivedi also attended a public emergency-management meeting. It had been scheduled before the false alarm, but the 100 or so residents who attended had questions centering on that event.

She and Wachtendorf are examining the data she gathered and plan to prepare some quick-turnaround reports geared to academics and practitioners." - an exerpt from the article. Read the full article on UDaily.

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