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County seeks public input on hazard plan

The Maui News

Maui County officials are seeking public input on an updated plan to address threats such as wildfires, beach erosion and highway rockslides.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan aims to protect people, the environment, the local economy and infrastructure from natural hazards and climate change, according to a news release Tuesday. It also serves as a strategy for reducing current and future risks in the county. The plan helps officials to leverage federal funding sources to prevent damages from natural hazards such as hurricanes, wildfires and floods.

Other topics like infectious disease and pandemics are also part of the plan, which is still under development and recognizes COVID-19 as a new public health hazard.

With the support of a consulting team led by Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC, the Maui Emergency Management Agency formed a Steering Committee of County Leaders to help update the plan. The Steering Committee met four times, and public meetings were held in Hana, Central Maui on Molokai and via Zoom.

To view and comment on the updated plan, visit www.mauicounty.gov/1832/Multi-Hazard-Mitigation-Plan. Comments are due Aug. 12.

For more information about the plan, contact Anthony Joyce, hazard mitigation officer, Maui Emergency Management Agency, by calling 270-7286 or emailing anthony.joyce@mauicounty.gov.

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