Botched missile alert prompts advice on alert drills

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department's command center in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
A smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, file)

HONOLULU — The missile alert mistakenly sent to the public in January prompted the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to recommend that government workers avoid using the phrase “this is not a drill” during practice sending emergency notices.