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Posted on: March 13, 2017

West Maui Community Disaster Plan Meeting Held this Week; Future Dates Scheduled

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai‘i – The Maui Emergency Management Agency, the Pacific Disaster Center, State Emergency Management Agency and the West Maui Taxpayers Association have put together a series of community meetings to help West Maui residents develop a disaster plan that is directly suited for their side of the island.

The meetings will cover issues that directly impact West Maui and have been a factor in the past during emergency events, such as isolation from Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kahului Airport due to road closures on the Honoapiilani Highway from brushfires, rockslides and flooding events. The meetings are a part of the Hawaiian Hazards and Resilience Program (HHARP) to help develop plans through a series of monthly workshops presented by field experts in community mitigation, preparedness and response and recovery planning.

The next West Maui Community Disaster Plan meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lahaina Civic Center Amphitheater. The workshop will cover flood awareness, warning and response and feature guest speaker Kevin Kodama, Senior Service Hydrologist with the Honolulu Weather Forecast Office, National Weather Service.

After this week the meeting schedule is as follows:

April 20 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater

May 18 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater

Further meetings will be announced.

All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the West Maui Taxpayers Association’s website at

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