Tsunami evacuation signage installation complete

WAILUA – Signs marking evacuation routes around the island of Kauai were officially blessed Wednesday in a ceremony at Wailua Beach.

Kauai’s Civil Defense Agency, working in partnership with numerous county and state agencies, completed the installation of 128 signs last month. 

 “We are fortunate that our community is very prepared for emergencies and we are experienced at carrying out orderly evacuations when needed,” stated Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.  “These signs will be a daily reminder for us to continue to be vigilant, and will also bring awareness of where to evacuate to our visitor population.”

Partner agencies included: Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, State Department of Transportation – Highways Division, Department of Public Works – Roads Division, Kauai Police Department, Kauai Fire Department, Citizens Emergency Response Teams, and the Finance Department – Information Technology Division.

The signage project follows the completion of the update to Kauai’s tsunami evacuation zone maps, which were posted on the county’s website in January. About $30,000 was provided by HI-EMA for the materials and installation.

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