Ten minutes to live

Last Update: January 13, 2018

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.

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Thimo2018 Premium
Good you´re still with us ;-)
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Flash4 Premium
Fabulous blog Bill, we got the "Real Deal" from you. Not much reported in Oz. Makes one glad to be alive after all.
Most of us in the world already respect and allow different nationalities, it's the ruling people that cause all the trouble.
So glad you're still with us.
Love, love, Jae
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bill808 Premium
Yes when we se injustice, it is the grass roots that can make a difference. That is why WA is so important. It gives us a chance to meet others from around the world.
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DarleneB Premium
Glad to hear it wasn't the real thing & you & your wife are fine. I really can't see myself being too calm in a situation like that.
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bill808 Premium
Plan ahead, No what your risks are and do all you can to minimize the risk and be prepared to take action to protect your family. Stay cool and act on your plan. You have done all you can. Now you are in the hands of God.
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MiaL Premium
Oh my gosh. What a thing to go through Bill.
And thank goodness for emergency responders who are always so professional.
Thanks for sharing your experience here with us. Well done for staying so calm.
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LouisaB Premium
Thank God, this was more of a fantasy instead of real drama!

Yay!!! You're alive!

Great Excerpt!
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bill808 Premium
Believe me this was no fantasy. Parents were stuffing their kids down manwholes to get them underground.
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LouisaB Premium
My goodness, good everyone is okay! For real.
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SWagner2 Premium
That was chilling to read. I don't know what I would have done in the same situation, but it would probably involve crying. I'm so glad it was a false alarm.
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bill808 Premium
I didn't cry until we got the all clear.
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MKearns Premium
The movie you should have seen is "the interview" in which investigators are granted audience with the Un!
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stawhu Premium
Thank God it was a false alarm, but with what is going on in NoKo, you almost can't be surprised, Good Luck, stawhu (Scott)
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bill808 Premium
No surprise. We have been planning our response to a nuclear attack for a year. I put the doomsday clock at 2358 hrs. When our leaders brag about how big their red buttons are, the threat is very real.

Life goes on and the more people I can help be personally and financially resilient the better prepared we will be.
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Chezbrown Premium
OMG that must have been so scary, I would have went into panic mode rather than being calm. I bet you were so glad when they came back and said it was a false alarm.

Well done though on staying calm. xxx
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bill808 Premium
KNow your risks. In Hawaii we have to plan for earthquake, tornado, volcanic eruption, wildfire, and hurricane. If we plan on being able to respond and recover from a hurricane we have done all we can. Have a plan. Act on your plan and then pray.
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Memorylaneuk Premium
Wow... this gave me the chills. I saw it on the news but had not heard about it from anyone that went through it. It must have been terrifying.
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Fitlife7483 Premium
What a horrible thing to have to worry about, I'm glad you are safe and still here with us.
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buffetearns Premium
To many ways to respond to this great post and thank you for sharing. You and your family are safe, what a fantastic relief!

I have been in missile and bomb situations in the Middle East. My situations were unexpected and happened immediately. To receive such a warning must have been shocking, I can't imagine.

You are getting on with your day which admirable!

Why do these members at WA set such an amazing example? I feel for me it is due to Leadership and passion from the top tier, genuine people are creating real life opportunities for many people!

I agree we are not just building websites, we are building bridges and character within our pursuits.

There are some world lessons to be learnt from here for sure.

Bill it's a pleasure to still be writing to you today, very dramatic times for you.

I hope the movie was Bambi or the Sound of Music or something else relaxing. Lol

Enjoy your day!

Wayne
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bill808 Premium
Actually it was Thee Billboards. I recommend it.
Thanks for your note. It is just really starting to sink in. I was on the verge of tears as I wrote this.
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nedbert Premium
Thanks for sharing what you went through. I have just heard and seen to reports on our TV here in New Zealand. Scary event and so glad it had a happy ending.
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CarolMeador Premium
Well said, Bill! I'm sure that was a terrifying experience.
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bill808 Premium
At the time I was resigned. It is starting to sink in. Who has the bigger red button is not a joke.
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CarolMeador Premium
You are so right!
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CraigW315 Premium
I can't imagine what that would be like... although in recent weeks, it has certainly crossed my mind.

Yes, absolutely, family is what matters. Everything else is a distant second.

I'm sorry to hear that you had to go through something like that. I hope to never experience it myself.
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bill808 Premium
Hawaiians have a complex word. Pono. It means to live a balanced, righteous life with respect for each other and for the world around you. If we can live pono and with Aloha, we just might survive this crazy world.
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