Emergency Response Personnel Gather on Maui
By JTF-HD Public Affairs
Maui – Military and civil emergency response personnel gathered on Maui recently in order to meet their counterparts and gain a better understanding of what everyone does. “We conducted site surveys of some key infrastructure and we enjoyed some engagement with key personnel from the various county departments,” said Army Col. Curtis King, Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO), Hawaii, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) on Oahu. “Our main goal was to identify and familiarize ourselves with the capabilities within their organization,” said King.
Marvin A. Moniz, Maui Airport District Manager, and Kathleen Wade, Assistant Airport Superintendent, briefed airport capabilities and training events to prepare for major disasters.
Newly appointed Maui County Civil Defense Emergency Management Officer, Anna Foust, discussed future goals and objectives for Maui County.
Duane S.S. Kim, Maui County Marine Cargo Specialist, briefed harbor capabilities and equipment to the DCO/E and FEMA Pacific Area Office Director.
FEMA containers are positioned at specific areas on the island to help facilitate distribution of equipment and supplies in a major disaster. These containers are located at the 230th Engineer Company Army National Guard Facility.
Agencies represented included personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO), Kahului Airport, Maui County Civil Defense, Kahului Harbor, State Department of Transportation (DOT), and the 230th Engineers from the Army National Guard (ARNG). Topics covered include capabilities, critical resource relocation, plans, operations, disaster response, and other interagency issues.