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New watch center will boost Hawaii's emergency preparedness

Nancy Ward Nancy Ward

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From a superbug outbreak in Japan to regional earthquakes and possible terrorist attacks, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is keeping closer tabs on the Pacific region. The federal agency has ramped up its efforts with a new watch center in the federal building.

By October, it will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. FEMA is sharing the space with the Coast Guard. Officials from both departments say this will improve coordination should a disaster strike.

"Here in Hawaii, we work hard on preparedness because we know we can't just roll in 18 wheelers should an emergency strike" said Nancy Ward of FEMA.

FEMA and the Coast Guard are reminding everyone that September is Disaster Preparedness Month. Should a tsunami, hurricane or earthquake strike, we should all be prepared with food, water and a hand crank radio.

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