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Local couple receive alarming call from daughter in Hawaii after missile alert mistake

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Jay and Dineen Czar speak with News 4 about daughter's scare after Hawaii false ballistic missile threat alert(Credit: KMOV) Jay and Dineen Czar speak with News 4 about daughter's scare after Hawaii false ballistic missile threat alert(Credit: KMOV)
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HIGHLAND, Ill. (KMOV.com)--  A Highland, Ill. couple is relieved to hear their daughter is safe after a mistake during a drill lead to a massive text alerting people in Hawaii of a ballistic missile threat.

Jay and Dineen Czar received a phone call from their daughter "Polly” as they call her, telling them she was headed toward a shelter after she and other students at the University of Hawaii received the alert.

“The voice on the phone when she called was troublesome,” said Jay.

The couple says they were alarmed at first, but immediately called friends they know serving in the military who reassured them it was most likely a false alarm.

“We weren’t scared about the threat,” said Dineen, “but what we were upset about was that she’s 4,100 miles away and we can’t do anything with it.”

Turns out, it was a mistake.

Hawaii Governor David Ige quickly apologized for the mistake, which occurred after an employee at the Emergency Management Agency mistakenly chose the wrong option when conducting an internal drill. Instead of choosing the option for the internal alarm, he chose the option for the real-life missile alert.

On Sunday the head of the Federal Communications Commission revealed they’re now conducting a full investigation.

 “Now what’s going to happen if that really does happen?”, said Jay.

The couple says their daughter is now okay and back to her normal life.

“We got a picture after of her at the beach,” said Dineen, “they were celebrating after they had gone shopping, just another day in Hawaii.”

They’re relieved it was just a false alarm, hoping never to go through a similar experience again. 

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