Statement by Gov. David Y. Ige on Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara’s All Hazards Preparedness Improvement Action Plan and Report

Posted on Feb 20, 2018 in Latest News

The state’s goal is to lead the nation in emergency management, and Gen. Hara’s report is comprehensive and covers the major requests in my Executive Order. As a result, I consider this to be the final report, and there is no need for an additional report in another 30 days.

However, this is an enduring process – meaning, we will continue to confer and plan with emergency managers at all levels of government. A missile attack is an act of war, and collaboration with the federal government is essential.

The report identifies a breakdown in leadership and management at the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency, and we are actively seeking a new administrator who will build the team that will implement the recommendations in this report.

Gen. Hara’s report includes a number of observations and recommendations, including a request for funding. I’ll be asking the Legislature for more than $2 million right now to build capacity. It’s all about the safety and security of the people of Hawaiʻi.

We need input and the participation of everyone – individuals, families, businesses, the whole community – to get involved in disaster preparedness.

This is uncharted territory, and we are using this experience to vastly improve our strategic planning and disaster preparedness. As we take the action steps described in this report, we will become a stronger, more resilient community.


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