This Is Not A Drill

An emotional dive into the personal impact of the false missile alert that was sent out across Hawaii.

2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2019 / Jazmín Aguilera / Anna Sussman / John Fecile / Erika Lantz / Eliza Smith / Nancy López / Snap Judgment, USA

An emotional dive into the personal impact of the false missile alert that was sent out across Hawaii.

On January 13th, 2018 at exactly 8:07am, a text message was sent out. It read “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” In the following 38 minutes, residents and visitors of Hawaii were flung into a state of emergency. From panic and fear to acceptance and joy, Snap Judgment explores the emotional impact of people confronting death and nuclear disaster.

This Is Not A Drill was produced by Jazmín Aguilera and edited by Anna Sussman for Snap Judgment from WNYC, with co-producers John Fecile, Erika Lantz, Nancy López, and Eliza Smith; sound designer Pat Mesiti-Miller; editor Mark Ristich; executive producer Glynn Washington.


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Anna Sussman

Anna Sussman is the Senior Producer and Managing Editor of Snap Judgment.


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