WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) -- U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie has urged Governor Linda Lingle to request an emergency declaration following the announcement of Aloha Cargo's abrupt shutdown.
In a letter to Governor Lingle, Abercrombie said the State has lost 85% of its air cargo capacity.
"Even the most through contingency planning may not protect us from some kind of supply related disaster, Abercrombie said. "We absolutely cannot stand by and wait for medical equipment, pharmaceuticals or our food supply to dwindle or run out."
Abercrombie said an emergency declaration would enable the utilization of resources of the Hawaii National Guard to transport cargo between the neighbor islands.
Governor Lingle said her Administration is taking steps to address the cargo situation.
In response to Abercrombie's letter, Lingle said, "While I appreciate his concern, I have no plans to request an emergency declaration, and I believe his alerting the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Air Force, TRANSCOM, USARPAC and PACAF is an overreaction."
A multi-agency Rapid Response Team will hold informational meetings statewide to assist the nearly 300 affected employees.