Emergency prep meeting planned

Hazard mitigation specialist Sharon Mielbrecht of the Pacific Disaster Center will be the featured guest speaker during a West Maui community disaster planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Lahaina Civic Center, according to an announcement.

Her topic will be “Understanding Disaster Risk and Conducting a Hazard Assessment.”

The West Maui Taxpayers Association is working with the Maui Emergency Management Agency, the Pacific Disaster Center and the state Emergency Management Agency to develop a customized disaster plan to meet West Maui’s specific needs. Road closures, fires and flooding isolate West Maui from the rest of the island, including Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kahului Airport.

Another meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9.

For more information, go to www.westmaui.org.