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January 27, 2017
Lahaina, HI - WMTA Invites Community to Participate In Emergency Preparedness--West Maui Community Disaster Planning Meetings Scheduled
The WMTA is working with the Maui Emergency Management Agency, formally called Maui Civil Defense, The Pacific Disaster Center, and the State Department of Emergency Management on developing a customized disaster plan designed to meet West Maui’s specific needs. The isolation from the Islands major hospital and the major airport due to frequent road closures, fires and flooding have highlighted the need for special preparedness planning.
We agree with our partners in this process that communities that are capable of caring for themselves during and after natural hazard events, are better equipped to deal with the negative health, environmental, and economic impacts so common after a disaster.
The West Maui Taxpayers Association invites you to join us and be a part of the solution to plans that may well be the reason why lives will be saved when disasters strike. Come and Join us!
Through a series of monthly workshops presented by subject-matter experts, the Hawaiian Hazards and Resilience Program (HHARP) will provide education and outreach that promotes hazard understanding, and will offer tools and information resources to guide mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery planning for the community.
The first series of HHARP workshops will cover a Program Overview, Introduction to Emergency Management in Hawaii, and Hazard Awareness. The schedule follows:
February 16 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Social Hall
March 16 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater
April 20 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater
May 18 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater
These meetings are free and open to the public. Our community is diverse and we need everyone’s participation to develop community plans. More Information on WMTA and Disaster Preparedness can be found at www.westmaui.org Please put these meetings on your calendar and plan to attend!
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