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Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program

October 2, 2013

The HHARP Resource Kit is a carefully composed collection of information and presentation materials that can be used to help communities build resilience to the impacts of natural hazards.

The Hawaiian Islands are located nearly 2,500 miles from any other populated land mass and are exposed to severe weather, as well as land-based and coastal hazards. Hawaii’s remote location, growing population, single-sector economy, and dependence on imported goods increase the vulnerability of residents to the impacts of natural hazards. These same factors can also slow recovery processes after a disaster.

In order to increase self-reliance during and after natural hazard events and to reduce the negative impacts of disasters, Pacific Disaster Center collaborated with Hawaii State Civil Defense to develop the Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP). The program links educational modules and activities to “milestones” that signify steps taken to build community resilience.

In partnership with state and county emergency management organizations, communities participating in the program will increase their understanding of the hazards they face, assess their risk and vulnerability, make personal preparedness plans, assemble disaster supply kits, and develop a community emergency plan. Sequential steps give participating communities a way to measure their progress, and communities that accomplish all milestones will be officially recognized by the State of Hawaii for their efforts.

The supporting HHARP Resource Kit offers guidance documents, presentation materials, templates, posters, and other materials designed to promote awareness of tropical cyclones, earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis. HHARP will help communities mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

To find out more about HHARP, contact Mr. Kevin Richards at Hawaii State Civil Defense at (808) 733-4300.

More from Pacific Disaster Center

To keep yourself up-to-the-minute about hazards and disasters:

For the latest Weather and Disaster News, use the PDC Weather Wall.

While you are thinking of hazards, think of preparedness. PDC provides disaster preparedness information, including printable instructions for assembling a Disaster Supply Kit and rehearsing a Family Disaster Plan.

For more information on DisasterAWARETM products:

  • For details, see the Training Guide for Web-accessible Disaster Alert,
  • Read and understand more about custom versions, such as DMRS and VinAWARE,
  • Watch the ASEAN DMRS video on YouTube.

About PDC:

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) envisions a safer, more secure world—where populations live in more disaster-resilient communities informed by science and technology, and equipped with sound decision support tools. To help make that vision a reality, PDC is dedicated to supporting evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts by providing actionable information and applications to the public and disaster managers worldwide. PDC, a program managed by the University of Hawaii, was established by the U.S. government in 1996.