Bill aims to prevent repeat of Hawaii false missile alert

Senator Brian Schatz

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department’s command center in Honolulu on Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photos/Caleb Jones, File)

A smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Jan. 13, 2018.

HONOLULU — A defense bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday seeks to prevent local government agencies from mistakenly warning residents of a ballistic missile attack the way Hawaii did nearly two years ago.