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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2006
Release No. M-105-06
MAYOR ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE STEPS
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the City is already moving ahead to address public information challenges raised by Sunday’s earthquake and islandwide blackout.
“We were all frustrated by the lack of timely, accurate information on Sunday,” Hannemann said. “Because of the problems that came to light Sunday, we’ve already taken action to ensure City officials have the ability to communicate directly with the public on Oahu in future emergencies.”
The City will:
· Use its
· Make direct use of the Emergency Alert System, which has been under state control since it was established in 1997. The City has the physical means to pre-empt all commercial broadcasts to transmit pre-recorded, two-minute messages through the federally funded EAS. However, lack of training and absence of protocols with the state precluded the City’s direct use of the EAS in the past. Hannemann has already written to Gov. Lingle requesting state cooperation to resolve those issues.
· Set up an AM radio transmitter for the City to use in case of emergency. This will require obtaining a federal license and construction of a 145-foot transmitter tower. The City has begun making inquiries regarding the necessary permits.
“These are just some of the steps we’re taking to address issues identified in Sunday’s emergency,” said Hannemann. “There are other areas we’re going to improve, as we did after the
Hannemann said, “Last Sunday, the Oahu Civil Defense Agency attempted to get word to the public on Oahu before 8 a.m. that no tsunami had been generated, but those efforts were frustrated and delayed. Meanwhile, with hundreds of City first-responders answering calls across
Some media newsrooms also didn’t have electricity, which left them unable to receive fax and e-mail information, and telephone lines were often jammed. City information was often lost in the competition for air time.
“We want the media and the public to recognize that during emergencies, the City is where to come for the most current, accurate information for
Hannemann said, “We understand that state officials were preoccupied on Sunday with assessing earthquake damage and beginning recovery efforts on the
He added, “While we await the findings of the state panel that’s looking into communication breakdowns on a statewide basis, we at the City are already moving ahead to make sure we can get
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|Friday, October 20, 2006|