Hurricane readiness 2014UPDATED 8:07 PM HST Jun 04, 2014Video Transcript
They're getting ready for the BIG ONE to hit Hawaii. All week long, hundreds of personnel from government agencies, private businesses, and emergency services have hunkered down -- to prepare for Hawaii being hit by a powerful hurricane. KITV4 Meteorologist Paul Drewes reports. Many have never experienced the devastating effects of a powerful hurricane. But what would happen if this was the year -- one again hits our islands. nat of siren sounding -- from file tape At State Civil Defense headquarters... hundreds of personnel from county, state and federal agencies are not only preparing for what to do before a hurricane hits -- but also after the storm. doug@6:20 "we're reacting to a strong cat 4 hurricane, that's affected the entire state." In this worst case scenario, every island has wind and flooding damage to homes, the power is out and many roads are blocked. 6:40 "we have water supply problems, sewage problems, people in collapsed structures, fatalities and injuries" The idea is to not only see how bad things will be, but to also how help can get to where it is needed most. Efforts that would begin the week before a storm even hits. larry dove/FEMA@ 18:25-18:40 "we have a hawaii cat event plan that has pre-events that start 3-4 days before the storm hits. We start force feeding materials, supplies this team would actually be on island several days before an event actually showed up" any nats here Standup@16:54 "the lessons learned from this exercise can be used long after hurricane season ends - for other disasters" 13:13 "90% of what you do in a disaster is the same, whether it's a hurricane, tsunami or even a terrorist attack" In this hurricane disaster drill, government agencies or private businesses were quickly alerted to nearby problems, so the right resources were sent to fix the problem. Many consider it a success, because hundreds of organizations both here in Hawaii and on the mainland were able to easily communicate with one another. As people prepare their own disaster-preparedness plan -- communication is something they should keep in mind and in their kit. gov@8:59:11 "i cannot emphasis it enough for people to stay in touch with one another is the single most important thing we do At Diamond Head, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. If disaster were to strike, emergency personnel say any cell towers still standing would be overwhelmed by calls, so people would be advised to just text details for family members or friends. If you would like more info on getting prepared for this hurricane season -- check out our special program: Hurricane 2014 - need to know -- tomorrow night at 7:30.