Sunday, August 26, 2018

All Vital Roles in Recovery. Assessment of Impacts from Hurricane Lane Begins in Hawaii

Situation Awareness Hawaii recovery from Hurricane Lane:

What makes one island state\territory\nation so different in planning, preparedness, response, and recovery from another when disaster strikes.  Involvement of the ‘whole community’, involvement by all, taking a pro-active approach to save lives and build a more resilient community.

To our members involved in the pre-planning, and recovery of Hawaii at the federal, and State level.  Thank you for your efforts and professionalism in ensuring the swift recovery of the communities of Hawaii from Hurricane Lane. 

In the private sector, small business enterprises will be the key in serving communities with vital resources for shelter, clothing, water & food, and other necessities.  Your business continuity plan (BCP) for your enterprise with aid agreements in the local communities also play a vital role in the overall emergency planning for recovery.

Charles D. Sharp
BEMA International

Private Sector Advisory
Assessment of Impacts from Hurricane Lane Begins in Hawaii

Residents are urged to remain cautious as a flash flood watch is in effect for all Hawaiian Islands through Sunday afternoon  

August 26, 2018

FEMA continues working alongside multiple partners from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to support Hawaii’s efforts as they begin to assess the impacts from Hurricane Lane.

According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, as of 11 p.m. HST, Lane is now a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of  40 mph.  All land base tropical storm watches and warnings have been cancelled. The current forecast continues a weakening trend over the next few days, with Lane likely becoming a post-tropical low on Monday. Lingering moisture associated with Tropical Storm Lane will produce excessive rainfall this weekend, which could lead to additional flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 5 to 10 inches across the windward side of the Big Island and Maui and 3 to 5 inches elsewhere. Localized storm total amounts well in excess of 40 inches have already been observed along the windward side of the Big Island. A flash flood watch is in effect for all Hawaiian Islands through Sunday afternoon.

Not all the impacts from the event have been realized, flooding continues as more rain is expected in Maui, Kaua’i, Oahu and Hawaii counties.

Residents should follow the directions of state and local officials and avoid areas with damages. Do not return to damaged or flooded areas until told it is safe to do so. Stay away from downed power lines and flooded areas. Live power lines can cause fatal injuries. If you encounter flood waters, remember – turn around, don’t drown.

Residents can call 808-768-2489 for help with city services, a list of available shelters, or assistance with transportation to and from shelters.

To file a flood insurance claim under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), contact your insurance agent immediately. You can also call 1-800-427-4661 to learn more about your policy, and be directed to the appropriate claims resource.  Within 24-48 hours, an adjuster will call you to schedule an appointment.

Disaster Declarations 
On August 22, 2018, President Trump approved HI Governor Ige’s request for an Emergency Declaration for Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai Counties, and the City and County of Honolulu in the State of Hawaii, limited to Direct Federal Assistance, as a result of Hurricane Lane.  The Emergency Declaration authorizes FEMA to support the state with federal resources in its efforts to respond to the incident.  

Coordinated Resources 
FEMA and its federal partners continue to coordinate closely with state and local officials to support any anticipated unmet needs.

FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams are on the ground in Hawaii to support the state with any potential rescue operations. 

FEMA liaison officers are deployed to the Emergency Operations Center in Hawaii to help coordinate any additional requests for federal assistance. FEMA liaisons are also working with state and local officials on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Oahu.  

FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) personnel and equipment are in Honolulu, Hilo and Kauai to support the state with secure and non-secure voice, video and information services to support emergency response communications needs.

A FEMA Region IX Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is deployed to Hawaii for the Kilauea Lava flow. Additional teams remain in California, should they be needed.  

The National Flood Insurance Program currently has 50 claims adjusters in Hawaii prepared to respond to insured survivors. An additional 500-600 adjusters are on standby should they be needed.
Preparedness and Safety Information for the Public 
Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.

If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded, stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.

Play it safe.  Additional flooding or flash floods can occur. Listen for local warnings and information. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and climb to higher ground.

You should listen to NOAA Weather Radio, watch TV, listen to the radio for official news, emergency alerts, and instructions as they become available. 
Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) to receive ongoing emergency alerts and safety information so you and your loved ones know what to do before, during, and after disasters. This simple and easy-to-use app provides real-time alerts from the National Weather Service, open emergency shelter locations in your area, and preparedness tips for every type of disaster. Free and available on Apple and Android devices.

Please see attached Lifelines, Potential Impacts and Actions.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Private Sector Engagement Team at


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