For a few moments on Saturday, Mike Hogan of Omaha thought he may lose his daughter and son-in-law in a missile strike in Hawaii. Hogan’s son-in-law is in the military and stationed in Hawaii when they got the call from their daughter that missile alarms had gone off.
Hogan says, “About noon our phone rang. Our daughter was calling my wife’s cell phone actually and our daughter, Rachel doesn’t say a word. It was completely silent. My wife was like, ‘Rachel – what is going on, talk to me” and she opened up and said we are under a missile attack. So essentially she was saying we are likely going to die.”
Hogan says there isn’t much you can do except say your goodbyes, say I love you and then pray. He says it was about five minutes later they learned it was a false alarm and his daughter and son-in-law were safe.
Hogan was surprised at how few people he talked to later on Saturday had no idea of what had happened. He says the fact that the whole state of Hawaii was in peril and so few people knew about it stateside is very disturbing.