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NATIONAL SPECIAL SECURITY EVENT BEGINS SATURDAY

(Fri., Nov. 11, 2011)—The City and County of Honolulu is alerting the public that security restrictions and access to information regarding the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit are changing as APEC transitions into a National Special Security Event (NSSE).

            The first event, which covered the APEC Leaders Week, began November 7 and took place at the Hawaii Convention Center.  The City held daily briefings and provided information via its website to inform the public of affected roadways and services.

            The second event specifically covers the APEC Leaders Meeting, taking place on Saturday, November 12, at the Hale Koa Hotel and on Sunday, November 13, at the Ihilani Resort.           

            Beginning today, the APEC events fall under NSSE security restrictions coordinated by local, state and federal law enforcement. The United States Secret Service has set up a Joint Information Center (JIC) staffed by public information officers from various city, state and federal agencies, to provide information to the media. The JIC will operate, 24 hours per day, and as one voice regarding information on the overall security and public safety arrangements for the Leaders Meeting.

            The hotline number for the City Department of Transportation Services has accordingly been suspended during this time, but the public can still access bus information by calling TheBus at 848-5555.

            The City will continue to provide information to the public on http://www.honolulu.gov/. where links are posted for the public to sign up for Nixle alerts or access the City’s Twitter (@hnl_info or @hnldts-#APECalerts) and Facebook accounts.

                  

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Media contact: Louise Kim McCoy, Mayor’s Office, 768-7798.