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State civil defense prepares for upcoming hurricane season

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

 

By: Jacquelyn Tacotaco and Jon Rombaoa

As of June 1, the Central Pacific hurricane season is underway and the Hawaii State Civil Defense has initiated this year's annual hurricane exercise called Makani Pahili.

Emergency teams worked together to create the Makani Pahili 2014 Hurricane Playbook.  Drawing from past disasters such as Hurricane Iniki of 1992 and the tsunami scare in 2011, the new and improved playbook encompasses all the proper procedures that must be taken for multiple scenarios that may occur during a natural disaster.

"We can't predict exactly what's going to happen, but there are indications that we should be prepared for perhaps an increased number of hurricanes in our area and in these next upcoming months so we want to be prepared," said Gov. Abercrombie. "This exercise was extraordinarily valuable. I'm very confident in the responsible agencies and personnel at the county, state and national level."

General Darryll Wong, director of State Civil Defense said getting real-time information out to the public through live stream video will be an important key for the public's preparedness.

"The most important thing in a post natural disaster, particularly with hurricanes, is communication, cooperation and to be prepared," said Gov. Abercrombie. "We are going to ask people to put kits together. Everybody ought to have, as part of their kit, a little portable radio."

Gov. Abercrombie strongly believes a portable radio can be the most important component to any disaster preparedness kit.  A small radio can make the biggest difference in helping the public know what's going on and where to find shelter, keeping them out of dire situations. 

"Communication is the principal element here," said Gov. Abercrombie.  "We need to stay in touch with one another and we need to kokua one another."

More information about disaster preparedness can be found on the State Civil Defense website at http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/.

 Or go to the Hawaii News Now Hurricane Center by clicking here: http://hine.ws/severeweather

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