Ten minutes to live
I was working at my computer this morning. At 0803 my cell phone started screaming. It wasn't a telephone call because it was a continuous tone. I looked at my phone, "Incoming missile. Impact expected in 15 minutes. Take cover. This is not a drill." " What the hell!" I started looking for confirmation on the internet when the television started streaming the same message. We have no place to shelter. Our home is two miles from Marine Corp Base Hawaii. I was strangely calm.
I took my HAM radio and laid down in bed with my wife. She asked me what was going on.
"The TV says their is an incoming missile. "
"What can we do?" "Wait" I replied
"Should I lie on the floor?"
"No, it wouldn't make any difference. If it is real, We will be dead in 10 minutes."
Our HAM radio emergency response team came up on my radio almost immediately. Everyone was calm and very professional. No rumors and no unnecessary conversation. They were in touch with the Office of Emergency Management and trying to get confirmation. Five minutes later, they came back to announce it was a false alarm. We were going to live. Five minutes later Senator Gabbard started tweeting it was a false alarm and we got the official announcement of the false alarm about 20 minutes later. It was a scary morning.
It is a strange feeling to expect to die in 10 minutes. It makes you think about what is important. Family... At least we will go together. It brings into focus what is important. My goals have not changed, but they are more focused. I am building an internet business that helps people be more prepared and more resilient in an emergency.
This afternoon, we went to a movie and dinner. It is good to be alive.
I believe the more we work together internationally the better we will understand and respect each other. With respect and understanding, we are less likely to go to war. What we are doing here at WA is more than just trying to change our lives. We just might help save the world.