Honolulu, Hawaii -- As part of our ongoing partnership in disaster preparedness, federal, state and local agencies throughout Hawaii, participated in the annual Makani Pahili hurricane exercise. The exercise provided an opportunity for agencies to test disaster response and recovery capabilities. Throughout the state and in coordination with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX, key personnel exercised decision-making in a non-threatening environment.
Participants both in Hawaii and at Region IX Headquarters in San Francisco tested their organizational response and recovery functions. Organizations and agencies used the exercise also as an opportunity to train personnel.
Organization and agency objectives tested by the exercise included:
- Ability to create public and private awareness.
- Readiness to respond and recover in disaster situations.
- Ability to alert and mobilize key personnel needed for disaster response.
- Ability to alert and advise the public of imminent hazardous conditions.
- Ability of key officials to coordinate, direct and control response and recovery operations from a centralized facility.
- Mobilization operations and management of personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities and services under emergency conditions.
- Use of Internet-supported resources in management decisions.
"With Hawaii at constant risk, it's important to be ready," said William L. Carwile, III, Pacific Area Office Director for FEMA. "Exercises such as these help us to keep up with the latest information and technology vital to protecting the public.
Hurricane season in Hawaii starts in June and lasts through November. See FEMA's Disaster Preparedness page for more information.