Government agencies heed their own advice and get ready for storm’s impacts

Government agencies heed their own advice and get ready for storm’s impacts
(FILE) (Source: John Locher)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Government agencies are urging residents to “be prepared” for a strong storm expected to bring high winds and monster surf to the islands this weekend.

And they’re heeding their own advice.

Officials say they’re readying their emergency personnel to jump into action if they’re needed.

The state Department of Transportation has already prepared tools and equipment in case of fallen trees or debris in roadways. They’ve also topped off gas tanks for response vehicles.

The city, meanwhile, is on high alert in case it needs to open up emergency shelters.

And they’re urging residents to prepare for the possibility of coastal flooding, power outages and other problems.

“The city is maintaining situational awareness and maintaining a posture of readiness to respond if we need to should there be significant debris on the roadways that we need to handle,” said Hiro Toiya, director of the city Department of Emergency Management.

Neighbor Island agencies are also prepping for big impacts from the storm.

On Maui, about 100 highways division personnel are on call to respond if needed and county agencies are prepping heavy equipment.

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