Hurricane exercises build collaboration and preparedness in Hawaii and beyond

  • Tropical Depression - Twelve

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Storm - Ignacio

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Hurricane - Hilda

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  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 67 km W of Tobelo, Indonesia

    17 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Sikonge, Tabora - Tanzania

    53 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Luau, Moxico - Angola

    53 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - San Antonio, TX Region, United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Natal, Amazonas - Brazil

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Abuna, Rondnia - Brazil

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aniakchak, United States

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Las Animas, CO Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - S of Kachiry, Pavlodar - Kazakhstan

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Vilyuysk, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - NE of Mirnyy, Chukot - Russia

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Sangar, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - E of Antalya - Turkey

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  • Wildfire - SW of Khandyga, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - NW of Terbyas, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - W of Khandyga, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - SW of Mirnyy, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - N of Terbyas, Chukot - Russia

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  • Wildfire - NW of Yerema, Irkutsk - Russia

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  • Wildfire - NE of Chernyshevskiy, Chukot - Russia

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Olyokminsk, Chukot - Russia

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Mugla - Turkey

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 183 km NE of Tual, Indonesia

    10 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - SW of Messina, Sicily - Italy

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Pukatawagan, Manitoba - Canada

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - W of Redding, California - United States

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of La Ronge, Saskatchewan - Canada

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  • Wildfire - NW of Gillam, Manitoba - Canada

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  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Lynn Lake, Manitoba - Canada

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  • Wildfire - NE of Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories - Canada

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  • Wildfire - E of Norman Wells, Northwest Territories - Canada

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  • Wildfire - S of Tsiigehtchic, Northwest Territories - Canada

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  • Wildfire - SE of Berens River, Manitoba - Canada

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  • Wildfire - Waimea, Hawaii County, Hawaii

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Broadwater County (Woods Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Colville Reservation (Summit Trail Fire), Washington, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Bill Nye Mountain Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Akokli Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfire - Cascade County (American Fork Fire), Montana, United States

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  • Wildfires - Lincoln County (Burnt Peak Fire), Montana, United States

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  • Wildfires - Lincoln County (South Yaak Fire), Montana, United States

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  • Wildfire - Cascade County (Harris Mountain), Montana, United States

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Three Valley Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - Shoshone County (Character Complex), Idaho, United States

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  • Wildfire - British Columbia (Bunting Road Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfire - British Columbia (White Rock Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - Butte and Plumas Counties (Dixie Fire), California, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Northern India

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Yerema, Irkutsk - Russia

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Mugla - Turkey

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Mugla - Turkey

    8 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Bogor Regency, West Java, Indonesia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Serang Regency, Banten, Indonesia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

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  • Drought - Kazakhstan

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Hong Kong

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  • Extreme heat - Vietnam

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    10 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - SW of Mugla - Turkey

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 126 km SSE of Kuril’sk, Russia

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

    13 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - E of Kos, Notio Aigaio - Greece

    14 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Crazy Creek Gorge), Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Garfield County (Green Ridge Fire), Washington, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Trozzo Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Octopus Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Michaud Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Two Mile Road Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (NkMip Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfire - British Columbia (Hunakwa Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfire - British Columbia (Momich Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - Beaverhead County (Alder Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Wallowa County (Elbow Creek Fire), Oregon, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Thomas Creek Fire), Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Missoula County (Granite Pass Complex Fires), Montana/Idaho, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Asotin County (Lick Creek Fire), Washington, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Plumas County (Dixie-Jumbo Fires), Idaho, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfires - Mineral/Missoula/Sanders Counties (West Lolo Complex), Montana, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Kos, Notio Aigaio - Greece

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Okanogan County (Cedar Creek/Delancy Fires), California, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Kos, Notio Aigaio - Greece

    20 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Kos, Notio Aigaio - Greece

    23 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 65 km SW of San Carlos, Mexico

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Kadovar, Papua New Guinea

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - SW of Mugla - Turkey

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Garrison Lake Fire), Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - British Columbia (July Mountain Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - Okanogan County (Cub Creek 2 Fire), Washington, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Chasm Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Young Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Tremont Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Flat Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (South of Canim Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Lytton Creek Fire), Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Mckay Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Sparks Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 26 km SSW of Mandráki, Greece

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Beaverhead County (Trail Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Lemhi County (Mud Lick Fire), Idaho, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Nez Perce and Lewis Counties (Snake River Complex Fires), Idaho, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 9 km ESE of Sullana, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Flathead County (Hay Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Bagana, Papua New Guinea

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Routt County (Morgan Creek Fire), Colorado, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Klamath County (Bootleg Fire), Oregon, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Costa Rica

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Panama

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Switzerland

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Germany

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Central and Eastern Europe

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern United States

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  • Extreme Heat - Northwestern United States

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  • Storms - Mexico

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  • Extreme Heat - Southwestern Canada

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  • Extreme Cold - Brazil

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  • Wildfire - Qoubaiyat, Lebanon

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Kef and Jendouba Governorates, Tunisia

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  • Storms - Austria

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  • Storms - Spain

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Brenda Creek Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Mount Porter Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Mckinley Lake Fire), Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (Big Stick Lake Fire), Canada

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  • Wildfire - Stevens County (Sherwood Fire), Washington, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

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  • Drought - Southwestern United States

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  • Drought - High Plains United States

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  • Drought - U.S. Virgin Islands

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  • Drought - Maine, United States

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  • Wildfire - Stevens County (Spruce Canyon Fire), Washington, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Cascade County (Divide Complex - Balsinger Fire), Montana, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 8.2 - 104 km SE of Perryville, Alaska

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sinabung, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 year ago WARNING

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ulawun, Papua New Guinea

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic)

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

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June 24, 2015

Annually, as the Central Pacific Hurricane Season kicks off, important scenario-driven exercises take place to prepare the State of Hawaii for the potential impacts of tropical cyclones. This year, with the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasting activity to be above-normal in the Central Pacific, the annual Makani Pahili Exercise played an especially valuable role in the State’s preparedness efforts.

The exercise, which took place from May 29 through June 05, was designed to facilitate the evaluation of plans, checklists, and monitoring systems—such as Pacific Disaster Center’s (PDC) DisasterAWARE system. DisasterAWARE was used in Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) throughout Hawaii to display critical information during the exercise, just as it is used during real-world events. In support of exercise activities, PDC also delivered situational awareness products to depict the ongoing hazard scenario and potential (simulated) damage, pre-exercise training sessions, and on-site liaisons at the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), Hawaii National Guard (HING), and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA).

This exercise—called Makani Pahili, which means “strong wind” in Hawaiian—is organized by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA, previously known as Hawaii State Civil Defense). During the exercise, partner agencies practice the emergency procedures they would perform in the event of a catastrophic hurricane.

Military units from many states took advantage of the activities and scenario of Makani Pahili 2015, incorporating them as part of the broader Exercise Vigilant Guard, while similar humanitarian assistance units across the country held separate exercises under the Vigilant Guard banner.

Participants in Vigilant Guard/Makani Pahili coordinated their responses to multiple emergencies, including the simulated hurricane in Hawaii and another annual hurricane exercise in Guam, called Pakyo. The hurricane response was complicated by the addition of a disease outbreak, cyberattack, chemical spill, search and rescue, a collapsed structure, medical mass casualty, and more. The U.S.  Northern Command (NORTHCOM), PACOM and its Joint Region Marianas, tested response capabilities in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau (NGB), Hawaii National Guard (HING), and others. Hundreds of guardsmen from Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, and Guam joined HING in the islands to conduct the Hawaii portion of Vigilant Guard, training alongside more than 1,500 other active participants. The complex scenario was designed to stress the response systems in many different areas and test capabilities. Lessons learned from Vigilant Guard/Makani Pahili will improve readiness, coordination, and effectiveness of response to a hurricane or any disaster in the future.

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