Post-tsunami community meeting to be held in Kailua

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - In response to the March 11 tsunami, lawmakers representing the Kaneohe, Kailua and Waimanalo areas will hold a meeting to gain community input regarding tsunami evacuation plans.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kailua Intermediate School's cafeteria.

Operation of the warning sirens, location of evacuation shelters and coordination of emergency services will be among the topics discussed.

Residents will also have the opportunity to ask a panel of experts questions or express concerns on the tsunami evacuation system.

The panel includes:

Ed Teixeira, director of Hawaii State Civil Defense;

Melvin Kaku, director of the Department of Emergency Management;

Dr. Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center;

Maria Lutz, Executive director of the Hawaii Red Cross;

and the Honolulu Police Department.

"The safety of Hawaii's people is of utmost importance. For that reason, we need to see if we can improve the evacuation system in the event of another emergency situation," said Sen. Pohai Ryan, coordinator of the meeting. Ryan represents District 25, Hawaii Kai, Waimanalo, Keolu Hills, Lanikai, Kailua.

Lawmakers who are expected to attend the meeting include:

Sen. Ryan, District 25

Sen. Jill Tokuda, District 24

Rep. Chris Lee, District 51

Rep. Cynthia Thielen, District 50

Rep. Ken Ito, District 48

City Councilman Ikaika Anderson

For more information on the meeting, contact Kaleilani Keolanui, office manager to Sen. Ryan, at 587-8388,

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