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September 11, 2001 

MAYOR HARRIS STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK 

At 4:30 a.m. this morning Mayor Jeremy Harris activated the Honolulu’s Emergency Operating Center (EOC) in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States.  

“Although there has been no hint of an attack here, all of our emergency services people are in place,” the Mayor said. “We are at the same level of readiness that we were for the Asian Development Bank meeting. I ask that the public remain calm and follow instructions from official sources. All City offices will be open today, and employees who are scheduled for work should report.” (The Ala Moana Satellite City Hall is closed because the Ala Moana Center is closed today.) 

Early morning calls from the Mayor brought his cabinet to the EOC as dawn broke today. “We have additional security in place at key facilities and other possible targets of opportunity,” he continued. “This includes our vital facilities, key government buildings and Waikiki, the heart of our visitor industry. We have implemented some well-thought-out plans. Everything that can be done is being done. 

“I have been in continuous contact with the federal government, including CINCPAC, the FBI and the FAA, to ensure that we respond based on the most accurate information available. That includes rerouting some inbound aircraft to Kona for security purposes. 

“It is difficult to comprehend that a disaster of this magnitude, with the loss of tens of thousands of innocent lives, could occur in our great nation. This is an enormous national tragedy that will change all of our lives for a long time to come. 

“This is a time for all of America to pull together. I am offering our help to the people of New York and Washington, D.C. Our prayers go out to those who were injured and to the families and friends of those who died in this senseless act. I have directed the flags at city facilities be flown at half staff in their honor.” 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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