Apr 10, 7:17 PM EDT

The Federal Communications Commission is recommending that government workers conducting emergency alert exercises avoid using the phrases "this is not a drill" and "real world" in test messages

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HONOLULU (AP) -- The missile alert Hawaii mistakenly sent to the public has prompted the Federal Communications Commission to recommend government workers avoid using the phrase "this is not a drill" during practice sending emergency notices.

The FCC included the advice Tuesday in its final report on what went wrong when Hawaii in January accidentally warned a ballistic missile was about to hit the islands.

A Hawaii Emergency Management Agency employee sent the alert during an exercise. He thought it was a real emergency but other workers understood it was an exercise.

The report says a supervisor played a recorded script that included the phrase "this is not a drill" and that deviated from procedure.


This version corrects that the FCC was prompted not promoted to make a recommendation.

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