“I think we could’ve done a lot better. We think there is room for a lot of improvement there, and we’re hoping to bring in people from the stations themselves.”
What she didn’t say:
It took an hour for emergency broadcast station KSSK to broadcast that the earthquake didn’t produce a tsunami wave, even though it would take such a wave less than half an hour to reach Maui and Oahu. As it was, the quake was smaller than a magnitude 6.9—which automatically triggers the state’s tsunami alert sirens—but residents didn’t know that at the time, and many were frantically spinning their radio dials in a vain attempt to find some information on the quake. After four years in office, you’d think someone in the administration would have thought to look into the state’s emergency broadcast system.