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Oahu residents invited to view new tsunami evacuation zone maps at Public Information Outreach Workshops

 

(Friday, July 9, 2010) --- The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is in the final phase of updating the current Oahu tsunami evacuation zone maps.  This is the first revision since 1991 and was accomplished using scientific techniques and technology not available at that time.

 

Work on the new maps for Hawaii and Oahu began in 2004 and is a product of the Tsunami Inundation Mapping Project at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  Funds for the mapping project were provided by a Federal Tsunami Mitigation Grant.

 

Oahu residents are invited to attend a series of public information outreach workshops to provide coastal communities around the island a preview of the new Tsunami Evacuation Zone Maps.  The first outreach workshop is scheduled for Monday, July 12, 2010 and will be held at Sunset Beach Elementary School.  Workshops will run through August 2010.  Each workshop is designed specifically for that particular community. 

 

Public Information Outreach Workshops Schedule for July

 

Oahu Region

 

Outreach Location

 

5:30 p.m. to

8:00 p.m.

 

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach Elementary

July 12, 2010

Makaha to Waianae

Waianae District Park

July 13, 2010

Maili to Nanakuli

Nanaikapono Elementary

July 14, 2010

Waimea to Kaena

Waialua District Park

July 15, 2010

Pearl City to Airport

Halawa District Park

July 19, 2010

Kahe Point to Kalaeloa

Kapolei Hale

July 20, 2010

Kaneohe to Kualoa

Kaneohe District Park

July 21, 2010

Waikiki

Waikiki Elementary

July 26, 2010

Hauula to Kawela

Brigham Young University

July 27, 2010

Niu Valley to Makapuu Lighthouse

Koko Head District Park

July 28, 2010

Waimanalo

Waimanalo District Park

July 29, 2010

Kualoa to Punaluu

Kaaawa Elementary

August 3, 2010

 

 

The workshops will begin at 5:30PM in each of the communities listed.  Presentations are planned for Oahu island-wide.

 

Representatives from the City’s Department of Emergency Management will be on-hand to present the new maps, discuss the implications for Oahu residents as well as answer questions.  City and County first responders will also be available to answer questions from the public.

 

“The new tsunami evacuation maps are of significant importance to our residents and the safety of their families and property”. “We hope that everyone will take the opportunity to attend a presentation in their community to learn more about the new evacuation maps”, said Melvin Kaku, director for the Department of Emergency Management

 

Draft copies of the maps will be posted to the department’s website at www.oahuDEM.org beginning next week.

 

 

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Contact:

 

John M. Cummings III

Public Information Officer

Department of Emergency Management

(808) 723-8957  Office

www.oahuDEM.org