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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is sending a larger COVID-19 team to the Big Island Thursday to help contain the coronavirus outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Multiple investigations are underway into the outbreak at the Hilo nursing home that has claimed the lives of 14 veterans and left another 84 residents and staff infected with the virus.

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January 13th, 2018 was the day of the false  missle alert. Residents and visitors in Hawaii didn't know what to think at first. Many thought it couldn't be real, but then a second later… 'what if it is?' Some searched for verification, while others waited for a second alert to say this was a false alarm. It was just a drill, but that  notification didn't come until  38 minutes later.  That incident exposed a serious flaw in our emergency system.

Hawaiʻi's Disaster Vulnerability: Honolulu Harbor

Mar 27, 2018
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Hawaiʻi needs to import 3,000 tons of food per day to keep grocery store shelves stocked around the state. All of those goods come into one place: the Port of Honolulu. If damaged, it could take weeks to reopen the harbor after a disaster event. That could leave Hawaiʻi residents in big trouble.

The Conversation: Friday, March 23nd, 2018

Mar 23, 2018
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Strategy for Opioid Epidemic; New HI-EMA Leadership; Future of Social Security; Saxophonist Boney James

Wayne Yoshioka

On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a road map for reforming the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, an technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. 

Hawaii State Department of Defense

On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a roadmap for reforming the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, and technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. Our panel breaks down the details of that reform plan and assesses its tenets.

Guests:

Toby Clairmont, former Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer

Best Practices in Emergency Management

Feb 16, 2018
Wikipedia

It has been just over a month since the State of Hawaii erroneously issued an incoming missile alert. A report from Deputy Adjutant General Kenneth Hara about how to move forward is forthcoming. So today we assembled a panel of experts to address Hawaii’s disaster readiness. What did the January 13 missile alert teach us? What changes need to be made?

House Emergency Preparedness Task Force Bill Advances

Feb 8, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Legislature is considering a number of bills in the aftermath of the False Missile Alert Jan 13th. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Should Hawaii Be Able to Send a Missile Alert?

Feb 1, 2018
U.S. Pacific Command

The former administrator of what used to be called State Civil Defense agrees the top brass had to step down. He supports closer coordination with the Pacific Command, but doesn’t think the Pentagon should take control of the alerts and bypass the state agency.

Hawai‘i residents were stunned Saturday morning by what turned out to be a false alarm of an incoming ballistic missile. While state emergency officials have apologized for the error, the emergency alert sent residents into a panic. Many scrambling to figure out what to do next. HPR Reporter Ku’uwehi Hiraishi has this story.

Nuclear Attack Warning Siren Previewed

Nov 29, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

North Korea launched another intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan today.  At the same time, Hawai’i’s Governor provided a preview of the state’s warning siren in the event of a nuclear attack. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Conversation: Monday, October 9th, 2017

Oct 9, 2017
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‘SlutWalk’ Comes to Honolulu; Disaster Preparedness; City Crackdown on Rentals

Wayne Yoshioka

The State Emergency Management Agency provided a briefing on what residents and visitors should do in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack targeting Honolulu and Pearl Harbor. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.