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Free disaster preparedness workshop Thursday

It is not a matter of if, but when, said Jean Souza of the Hanapepe Eleele Community Association.

Hurricane Iniki hit Kauai in 1992, resulting in more than 7,000 structures damaged or destroyed. In 2014, Tropical Storm Iselle hit the state, and in 2015, hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena surrounded the state.

During 2015, a record number of 15 hurricanes missed Hawaii, and in 2016 hurricanes Lester and Madeline’s approach to the state created concern in the community.

Information on preparing families and houses for the ongoing 2017 hurricane season and other natural disasters will be available Thursday during a free public workshop at the Hanapepe Public Library.

Greg Hall of the National Weather Service will discuss hurricane science and forecasting in Hawaii, which is roughly a week into hurricane season, which runs through the end of November.

Hall will be joined by representatives of the Kauai Emergency Management Agency, Brig. General (retired) Bruce Oliveira of Hawaii Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program, Jason Poloa of the Kauai Fire Department Community Emergency Response Teams, Mike Martinez of State Farm Insurance and Dennis Hwang of the University of Hawaii Sea Grant program, who authored “Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters.”

In addition to the discussion on hurricane science and forecasting, other professionals will touch on emergency supplies, evacuation kits and planning, flood and hurricane insurance and home retrofits to prepare families and structures for hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Information: 353-1476


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