Statewide hurricane preparedness exercise preparation underway

  • Volcano - La Palma, Spain

    30 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    40 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    56 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of San Ignacio, Santa Cruz - Bolivia

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Ascension, Santa Cruz - Bolivia

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Victoria, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - W of Santa Barbara (Alisal Fire), California - United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Jesup, GA Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of Roma, Queensland - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Georgetown, Queensland - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Halls Creek, Western Australia - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Wyndham, Western Australia - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Manam, Papua New Guinea

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Langila, Papua New Guinea

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Colombia

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Honduras and Nicaragua

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hispaniola

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Agen, Aquitaine - France

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Nepal

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - East Java, Indonesia

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bogor City, West Java, Indonesia

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tuban Regency, East Java, Indonesia

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uttarakhand, India

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Musi Rawas Regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bengkulu City, Benkulu, Indonesia

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tanah Laut Regency, South Kalimantan, Indonesia

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 169 km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Singapore

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cambodia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semisopochnoi, United States

    22 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 147 km SE of Karpathos, Greece

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - W of Yuba City, California - United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Gila Bend, Arizona - United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Ebola - North Kivu Province, DRC

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Philippines

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Thailand

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kerala, India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Uganda

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Tulare (Windy Fire/KNP Complex Fire), California - United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ogan Komering Ulu Regency, South Sumatra, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Da Lak Province, Vietnam

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Yuba City, California - United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 year ago WARNING

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

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Drought - Maine, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    6 days ago WARNING

VIEW ALL HAZARDS
May 30, 2014

In Hawaii, a statewide hurricane preparedness exercise called Makani Pahili is conducted annually to test and improve disaster readiness for tropical cyclone impacts. By working with a hypothetical scenario of a destructive Category IV hurricane that crosses the entire island chain with wind speeds of 132 mph, participants can engage in exercises designed to allow the State of Hawaii and all four counties, as well as federal, private, and nongovernmental (NGO) stakeholders to practice emergency procedures.

The exercise is organized and coordinated by Hawaii State Civil Defense (HSCD) and begins on June 1, which corresponds to the beginning of the Central Pacific hurricane season. This year, in addition to their coordination with HSCD, each county civil defense agency and the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) will be organizing independent tabletop exercises with their partner agencies designed to accommodate each county’s individual needs.

The core competencies being tested and evaluated during this exercise include operational coordination, operational communications, public information and warning, situational assessment, mass care, and critical transportation.

During Makani Pahili, Pacific Disaster Center’s (PDC) newly upgraded early warning and multi-hazard monitoring platform, DisasterAWARE v. 5.0, will be used in state and county emergency operation centers for accessing, updating, and sharing exercise information. Participants will be able to simulate the Category IV hurricane environment via a special EXERCISE Emergency Operations (EMOPS) system.

In preparation for the event, PDC has presented numerous DisasterAWARE v. 5.0 user training sessions since April. User training classes have been conducted for Hawaii-based Emergency Managers at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), the Kauai Civil Defense Agency (KCDA), Maui County Civil Defense Agency (MCDA), Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency (HCCDA), and the City and County of Honolulu’s DEM. Various emergency management partners have also taken the training, including FEMA, Honolulu Public Safety, State Department of Transportation, University of Hawai‘i, county fire departments and GIS offices, and various state, county, and nongovernmental entities.

For more information on Makani Pahili:
• Read more about the statewide hurricane exercise,
• Find emergency contact information for Hawaii,

• View an article about last year’s exercise.

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