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Officials to discuss draft West Maui Emergency Plan

By Staff | Apr 26, 2018

LAHAINA – The next West Maui Community Disaster Planning Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, at Lahaina Civic Center at 5:30 p.m.

Speakers Gen. Bruce Oliveira, community programs director at the Hawaii State Department of Defense; Joe Pluta, vice president/president emeritus of the West Maui Taxpayers Association; and Dennis Terpin, FEMA/DHS-Certified Master Level Instructor, will discuss the draft of the West Maui Emergency Plan.

West Maui Taxpayers Association (WMTA) is working with the Maui Emergency Management Agency, The Pacific Disaster Center and the State Emergency Management Agency to develop a customized disaster plan designed to meet West Maui’s specific needs.

Isolation from the island’s major hospital and airport due to frequent road closures, fires and flooding have highlighted the need for special preparedness planning.

The Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP) is a series of monthly workshops presented by subject matter experts to provide education for hazard understanding and offer tools and information resources to guide community mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery planning.

These meetings are free and open to the public.

More information on WMTA and disaster preparedness can be found at www.westmaui.org.