Sunday, January 14, 2018
Nothing like a scare to get your blood moving and your heart stopping. We got this text from our son at 8:15 AM yesterday morning Hawaiian time (12:15 PM Central standard time here in Texas).
As I read this, I froze for a second... then handed it over to DH with a "what???" It was followed almost immediately by this next text of what our son was seeing on his phone on Oahu.
Have to say that I went from confusion to denial in about 60 seconds. First thinking... "what???" then thinking, "no, it can't be real..."
Luckily (such a trivial word)... it wasn't.
For within about 15 minutes, while we searched the TV stations for news, this 3rd text was sent.
Whew! Some mistake! Last we heard from the TV news coverage at the time was that they were trying to determine *how* this happened.
Hard to believe that a mistake like this could be made as easily as they are saying.
And lastly, after watching the news last night and listening to some government official talking about this episode, I heard him say (and I know that I'm paraphrasing here) 'that if a nuclear missile did hit Oahu, people would need to stay in a secure location for about 2 weeks until the radiation level was safe for them to go outside. And that it wouldn't totally destroy the island, there would be survivors'.
This is NOT what I needed to hear. I needed to hear that if a nuclear missile was launched, that we had the capabilities to shoot down that missile before it even reached it's target.
(I also read on a news report that due to the proximity of North Korea to Hawaii, that the people on the island would only have 15 minutes to take shelter...?)
It's now 3:57 am Sunday morning. Sleep eludes me.