News Release: Gov. Ige proclaims September National Preparedness MonthPosted on Sep 13, 2021 in Information and News Releases, Main, News Stories
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency
DAVID Y. IGE
MAJOR GENERAL KENNETH S. HARA
DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
LUKE P. MEYERS
ADMINISTRATOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2021
Gov. Ige proclaims September National Preparedness Month
Honolulu – In the past year, the State of Hawaiʻi has faced unparalleled and unpredictable hardships and challenges to our island ʻohana. Severe weather brought damaging floods and landslides to several parts of our islands, a close call with Tropical Cyclone Linda reminded us that it only takes one storm to impact our state, and Hawaiʻi County saw the largest wildfire on record with the Mana Road Fire which burned over 40,000 acres and destroyed two homes on Hawaiian Home Lands. All of these incidents were endured and managed as we also continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has caused both physical and economic distress to our people.
Becoming more disaster-ready as a state, and taking action now to be more prepared as a people is essential to caring for our family and friends, protecting our beautiful natural resources, strengthening our economy, and ultimately lifting up all of Hawaiʻi.
To that end, Gov. David Y. Ige has declared September as National Preparedness Month.
“Hawai’i is often threatened with natural disasters during hurricane season and preparedness is key to our survival as a state and as a people. With the addition of COVID-19, being vigilant with proper health and safety in mind is paramount.” Ige said.
During this National Preparedness Month, the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) encourages all Hawaiians to take simple but important steps to prepare for both natural and human-caused disasters to ensure that all our communities – from windward to leeward, from our keiki to our kūpuna – are ready for an emergency.
If you are eligible to get vaccinated, now is the perfect time. If you havenʻt already, sign up for county alerts on your phone. Make a plan for how to communicate and reconnect with your family, take time to learn about the hazards where you live, work, and play, create an emergency go-bag, and start building your 14-day supply of water and food.
National Preparedness Month is a call to action, and HI-EMA encourages every business, nonprofit, classroom, religious institution, and home to commit to becoming a more prepared and resilient part of our Hawaiʻi ʻohana.
photo: Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) Administrator Luke Meyers
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