The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is holding open houses to educate the public on its plans for disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, severe flooding, and wildfires.
The Hawaii State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan also addresses ways the public can reduce impacts and damage from such disasters.
“A good mitigation action would be in a high-wind event, if there’s a hurricane, people can go in and put in hurricane clips in their home, do things to get a continuous load path from the roof down to the ground to strengthen the house so that when a hurricane comes, it isn’t damaged by the high winds,” said HI-EMA state hazard mitigation officer David Kennard.
The first open house took place Wednesday night at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The following two will take place:
- July 3, 5 to 7 p.m., in partnership with the Kauai Emergency Management Agency at the Moikeha Conference Room, 4444 Rice Street in Lihue
- July 6, 1 to 3 p.m., in partnership with the Maui Emergency Management Agency at the Maui Planning Commission Room, 250 South High Street in Wailuku
A current approved plan is among the conditions of eligibility for some Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance programs.
Federal regulations require states to review and update their plans at least every five years and to submit the plan updates to FEMA for approval and to the governor for approval.