Hawaii Sea Grant and partners to host free Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop on April 28

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cindy Knapman, (808) 956-7410
Communications Leader, Sea Grant
Posted: Apr 27, 2016

Workshop flyer
Workshop flyer

In 2015, a record number of tropical cyclones occurred in the Pacific. In anticipation of the start of hurricane season on June 1 and other natural hazards, the UH Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant), City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, State of Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency, NOAA National Weather Service and State Farm are teaming up to offer a free public workshop to assist communities plan and prepare for natural hazards.

The April 28 workshop will cover a variety of topics including severe weather warnings, emergency supplies, evacuation planning for a tsunami and hurricane, homeowner guidance and retrofit measures, and insurance. It is free and open to the public.

“Last year, with Hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena in the vicinity, reporters asked what homeowners can do to prepare. The options were limited because of the shortness of time. On Thursday, many reasonable options homeowners can take to retrofit their houses will be presented in time before hurricane season. We will also provide free copies of the Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards. Even for the oldest of houses, many significant measures to strengthen the structure are possible,” noted handbook co-author Dennis Hwang of Hawai‘i Sea Grant.

What: Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop

When: Thursday, April 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Honolulu Mission Memorial Auditorium, 567 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Other partner agencies include the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai‘i, the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, and LYON Associates.

The University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program is part of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s prestigious School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. It supports an innovative program of research, education and extension services directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources of the state, region and nation. Science serving Hawai’i and the Pacific since 1968.

For more information, visit: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/