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September 7, 2001

MAYOR CO-SIGNS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AGREEMENT

The City and County of Honolulu will begin an aggressive, proactive effort to protect itself against major disasters, under a memorandum signed September 12 by Mayor Jeremy Harris, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a number of other government and private partners.

Project Impact is an innovative approach by the city, state, federal and private partners to utilize a $300,000 FEMA grant for mitigation projects that protect citizens against hurricanes, tsunamis and other hazards. These projects include public outreach, revising local building and land use codes, with corporate and community partners assisting with funds, in-kind services, technical support and labor. FEMA provides technical, administrative and financial support.

“This project is important because our island is the seat of government for the city and also the State of Hawaii,” said Mayor Harris. “It is the center of our state’s commercial and financial activities, the headquarters for major military operations, the home for most of our population and a destination for most of our visitors.”

Honolulu is at risk from hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, wildfires, drought, landslides and earthquakes. The community has excellent partnership possibilities because many companies already have mitigation strategies on a large scale. Partnerships also exist between the city and Campbell Industrial Park businesses and all major medical centers.  Another usable network is Honolulu’s Neighborhood Board system, which connects smaller communities to city government.

Honolulu is among a selected group of nearly 200 cities and counties participating in Project Impact nationwide. The counties of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui are also Project Impact participants.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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