The HPFEB sponsors an Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) which meets on a quarterly basis. Issues the group deals with regularly include: COOP Planning, Pandemic Planning, Emergency Notification, Tsunami and Catastrophic Threats and Planning, Employee Resiliency, Continuity of Government Exercises, etc.
The current Chair is Gen Tamura (FEMA – Pacific Area Office – Emergency Management Specialist ) who can be reached at:
All employees tasked with emergency responsibilities are encouraged to participate in the working group. Any interested federal employee can attend the working group meetings.
On November 13, 2018, the EPWG held a table top exercise to discuss lessons learned from the close approach of potentially catastrophic major Hurricane LANE in August 2018. You can get the FEMA prepared after-action reoprt from the exercise here:
Get the 2018 Hurricane Season Outlook from the NWS:
And Dr. Sarah Park’s Brief on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Hawaii:
As a follow up effort to investigate the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s (HI-EMA) erroneous activation of a state wide Civil Danger Warning (CDW) ballistic missile alert, the Governor of Hawaii directed a complete review of current emergency response systems, including notifications and warnings, and make recommendations for improvement. The report was released on February 20, 2018, and can be downloaded by clicking on the thumbnail.