State and county officials are back at it again, making sure they stay ahead of Hurricane Olivia. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell explains the city is preparing for Olivia like it’s going to be a hurricane, because even tropical storms can cause severe damage to the state.
During Hurricane Lane, Oahu was largely spared. Financially, the overtime from first responders and essential employees impacted Honolulu. The Mayor says they spent roughly a million dollars in overtime for Lane.
“So there is an impact but when you look at a budget of $1.4 billion it’s manageable. I wish we didn’t have to spend that kind of money, but we are going to spend it every day we have to in order to be prepared,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “We’ll get together tomorrow at 8 o’clock. We could end up activating our EOC at 5 partially, and Tuesday morning full activation depending on what we hear from the National Weather Service.”
As for the state, Governor David Ige already signed an emergency proclamation even though Olivia hasn’t made landfall yet.
“There is still a lot of recovery activity on Hawaii island and Maui county so we thought it be proactive to sign the proclamation before landfall. It allows us to put equipment, personnel, and other kinds of things that will help us respond especially those areas that were greatly impacted by Hurricane Lane.”
As a reminder, officials urge residents to be prepared and don’t let your guard down. Grab enough supplies but also think about your neighbor and make sure you leave enough for them as well.