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Hazard Mitigation Plan meetings to be held

The Maui News

The Maui Emergency Management Agency has begun developing an update to the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan to address threats such as wildfires, beach erosion and highway rock slides and will be holding meetings on Maui and Molokai in early February.

Meetings have been scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kahului Community Center, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Pauole Center in Kaunakakai, and 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at Helene Hall in Hana.

The public also can help by taking the Public Preparedness Survey, www.surveymonkey.com/r/mitigatemaui.

More public meetings will be offered throughout the county in the coming months, the county said.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan looks at how the county can lessen the impact of natural hazards, such as wildfires, tropical storms and erosion. This includes projects, such as strengthening school buildings to serve as shelters during hurricanes, adding generators to critical facilities for backup power, and developing tsunami evacuation routes.

Once approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the plan makes the county eligible for pre- and post-disaster grant funding through Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs and other nonemergency disaster assistance.

A steering committee has been established and met for the first time Dec. 10; a second meeting is set forTuesday. Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC has been hired by Maui Emergency Management Agency to help coordinate the process.

For more information about the Hazard Mitigation Plan or to learn about ways to participate in the development of the Hazard Mitigation Plan, contact Anthony Joyce, hazard mitigation officer with Maui Emergency Management Agency, by phone at 270-7286 or by email at Anthony.joyce@mauicounty.gov. The agency website is /www.mauicounty.gov/1832/Multi-Hazard-Mitigation-Plan.

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