So much for not wanting to create panic: the state-run University of Hawaii has sent its students, faculty, and staff an email that tells them what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Instead, however, the email triggered no small amount of panic, as well as some likely unwanted international attention.
The it reportedly said, in part:
In light of concerns about North Korea missile tests, state and federal agencies are providing information about nuclear threats and what to do in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack and radiation emergency.
The email then told recipients to be aware of emergency sirens and to follow instructions on "sheltering in place."
The university’s communications director, Dan Meisenzahl, claimed he was responsible for the email “right down to the subject line.” He added:
"I take full responsibility and the last thing I wanted to do was cause any unnecessary concern among our community."
Meisenzahl said the email was prompted by “an increasing number of inquiries” regarding how to prepare in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack that impacts the campus. And while the body of the email likely wasn’t a problem to most readers, the subject line probably could’ve used a little more work, he said.