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Legislators Seek Updated Disaster Plan in Light of N. Korea Tensions

Posted April 13, 2017, 09:05 AM HST
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The U.S. Pacific Command  detected and tracked what was assessed to be a North Korean missile launch at 11:42 a.m. Hawai‘i-Aleutian Standard Time, April 4. The launch of a single ballistic missile occurred at a land-based facility near Sinpo. HIEMA website photo.

According to an article titled ” North Korea Threat to Hawaii” posted on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website, “Nuclear arms experts think North Korea already has, or soon will have, the ability to target Hawai‘i with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile with possibly about the same destructive force as the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

The article was published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser and posted on the HIEMA site on April 10, 2017.

According to news sources (MauiNow.com), the “House Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing today on Senate Concurrent Resolution 169 SD1 HD1 that urges the state Department of Defense to modernize Hawaiʻi’s disaster preparedness plans amidst geopolitical tensions between North Korea and the United States.”

“Hawaiʻi’s prime location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and its abundance of military commands, including the United States Pacific Command, which is responsible for military operations in an area covering more than half of the earth’s surface,” makes the state a strategic target, the resolution states.

The resolution says that President Donald Trump has warned that the U.S. may take unilateral action against North Korea unless China does more to help the U.S. rein in North Korea’s nuclear program.

Under the current tensions, lawmakers say it is in Hawaiʻi’s best interest  to prepare for a nuclear disaster by identifying locations of usable fallout shelters, upgrading outdated fallout shelters and restocking provisions.

The Legislature finds that in 1981, Oʻahu had hundreds of fallout shelters with “many stocked with medical kits, food and sanitary kits; but eventually funding stopped, stocks were discarded, and existing fallout shelter markings became outdated and no longer applicable.”

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Resolution supporters also want the state to identify a backup harbor in case Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, or any other major harbor capable of handling shipped cargo is damaged and becomes unusable.

The resolution also requests that the state include in its proposed Aloha Stadium redevelopment plans, a reinforced stadium parking lot that may serve as an emergency backup harbor yard.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 169 SD1 HD1 was proposed by PBS Vice Chair Rep. Matt LoPresti (Ewa, ʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa Gentry, ʻEwa Villages, Hoakalei, Ocean Pointe).

Supporters want recommendations to be reported back to the Legislature prior to the 2018 regular session.

Copies of the Concurrent Resolution were to be transmitted to the commandant of the United States Coast Guard, acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration administrator, governor, adjutant general, director of Transportation, the mayors of each of the counties, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and chairperson of the Stadium Authority.

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Barb Weller Gee, this sucks.April 13, 2017 09:20am
Carolle Brulee-Wilson Here we go....April 13, 2017 09:41am
Sherene R Cowan I think it is smart for Hawaii to be prepared. I don't think any country, including China or Russia (or any of those countries that support North Korea) are stupid enough to attack US soil. Even Japan didn't REALLY want to attack Hawaii in 1941. So being prepared is a great idea, but I don't think we should be scared. I think cautious is a good idea.April 13, 2017 10:11am
Susie Q Quipotla THIS IS NOT AMERICAN SOIL. 😡 America has Made Us a TARGET 🎯 And has Brainwash Most of the people to thinking that it is America. Over The Many Years of Just Being Here. 😡April 13, 2017 11:05am
Ethan Swift Adriano SwiftApril 13, 2017 11:12am
Christina Watts Resolution.......impeach Trump!April 13, 2017 12:20pm
Diane Brooks best hurry.April 13, 2017 12:28pm
Lokimaili Jarra N.Korea Just On Watch Surrounding Hawaii Islands Just In Case U.S Military Will Do Something, Because Of Trump Did Sent U.S Military Land Bombs On Syria, Trump Is Warning U.S Right Now! "So Be Prepared"April 13, 2017 01:00pm
Sharie Potter I second that. Probably too late though. The ball is already rolling.April 13, 2017 01:23pm
Momi Naughton This should really help the tourist industry...NOTApril 13, 2017 02:55pm
Wanda Cattalo So frightening! How could people not see through his bullshit! I will never understand how he was elected!April 13, 2017 03:33pm
Jerry Younce Jr. Sherene R Cowan take advantage of what? you americans take advantage wait not take advantage but lie cheat and steal from the natives...wake up lady or move back to ur american country..leave the hawaiian kingdom..smh another so called know it all americanApril 13, 2017 06:47pm
Jerry Younce Jr. Sherene R Cowan here educate urself b4 u open that trap u call a mouth http://hawaiiankingdom.org/blog/April 13, 2017 06:49pm
Jerry Younce Jr. illegally occupiedApril 13, 2017 06:49pm
Jerry Younce Jr. wake up lady we were never part of america and never will be...get educated b4 u run ur trap http://hawaiiankingdom.org/blog/ illegally occupiedApril 13, 2017 06:51pm
Sherene R Cowan Jerry Younce Jr. pure stupidity on your part to even comment My original comments have NOTHING to do with the obvious hate you are spewing. Aloha.April 13, 2017 07:21pm
Eric Bihag Off topic but why are they showing a picture of my old ship. USS Frank Cable AS-40.April 13, 2017 11:50pm
Stephanie Castillo Our government needs to get the military base out of here anything related with the military needs to go nowApril 13, 2017 11:51pm
Linda L Ugalde Good idea, sure as hell Washington dont give a damnApril 14, 2017 06:55am
Chris Verduzco You think?April 14, 2017 09:10am
James Osburn Because someone just went on the web and pulls a pic of any Navy ship at Hawaii . I'm sure AS-40 is decommissioned because mine was AS-41 and it is decommissioned.April 14, 2017 09:27am
Eric Bihag When I was in, they was taking about decommissioning the Cable. I think the Merchant Marines was also looking into get the Cable. Not sure if they did nor not.April 14, 2017 09:31am
Michael Cockrum Remember pearl harbor? May everyone there R.I.P.April 14, 2017 12:04pm
Cat Nau If a bomb hit here, we would be all gone, the force of the water would consume us all. Just say a prayer with all your love ones and say Aloha!April 14, 2017 03:27pm
Stan Anderson You do realize the military being here prevents any other country from having a foothold on the Pacific right? I honestly believe if the US was not occupying HI someone else would be.April 15, 2017 12:32am
Stan Anderson Not to mention the amount of money that's injected into hawaii due to the military presence.April 15, 2017 12:39am
Cookie Mc Crory so ever heartbreaking!April 15, 2017 03:25am
Barb Weller Gee, this sucks.April 13, 2017 09:20am
Carolle Brulee-Wilson Here we go....April 13, 2017 09:41am
Sherene R Cowan I think it is smart for Hawaii to be prepared. I don't think any country, including China or Russia (or any of those countries that support North Korea) are stupid enough to attack US soil. Even Japan didn't REALLY want to attack Hawaii in 1941. So being prepared is a great idea, but I don't think we should be scared. I think cautious is a good idea.April 13, 2017 10:11am
Susie Q Quipotla THIS IS NOT AMERICAN SOIL. 😡 America has Made Us a TARGET 🎯 And has Brainwash Most of the people to thinking that it is America. Over The Many Years of Just Being Here. 😡April 13, 2017 11:05am
Ethan Swift Adriano SwiftApril 13, 2017 11:12am
Christina Watts Resolution.......impeach Trump!April 13, 2017 12:20pm
Diane Brooks best hurry.April 13, 2017 12:28pm
Lokimaili Jarra N.Korea Just On Watch Surrounding Hawaii Islands Just In Case U.S Military Will Do Something, Because Of Trump Did Sent U.S Military Land Bombs On Syria, Trump Is Warning U.S Right Now! "So Be Prepared"April 13, 2017 01:00pm
Sharie Potter I second that. Probably too late though. The ball is already rolling.April 13, 2017 01:23pm
Momi Naughton This should really help the tourist industry...NOTApril 13, 2017 02:55pm
Wanda Cattalo So frightening! How could people not see through his bullshit! I will never understand how he was elected!April 13, 2017 03:33pm
Jerry Younce Jr. Sherene R Cowan take advantage of what? you americans take advantage wait not take advantage but lie cheat and steal from the natives...wake up lady or move back to ur american country..leave the hawaiian kingdom..smh another so called know it all americanApril 13, 2017 06:47pm
Jerry Younce Jr. Sherene R Cowan here educate urself b4 u open that trap u call a mouth http://hawaiiankingdom.org/blog/April 13, 2017 06:49pm
Jerry Younce Jr. illegally occupiedApril 13, 2017 06:49pm
Jerry Younce Jr. wake up lady we were never part of america and never will be...get educated b4 u run ur trap http://hawaiiankingdom.org/blog/ illegally occupiedApril 13, 2017 06:51pm
Sherene R Cowan Jerry Younce Jr. pure stupidity on your part to even comment My original comments have NOTHING to do with the obvious hate you are spewing. Aloha.April 13, 2017 07:21pm
Eric Bihag Off topic but why are they showing a picture of my old ship. USS Frank Cable AS-40.April 13, 2017 11:50pm
Stephanie Castillo Our government needs to get the military base out of here anything related with the military needs to go nowApril 13, 2017 11:51pm
Linda L Ugalde Good idea, sure as hell Washington dont give a damnApril 14, 2017 06:55am
Chris Verduzco You think?April 14, 2017 09:10am
James Osburn Because someone just went on the web and pulls a pic of any Navy ship at Hawaii . I'm sure AS-40 is decommissioned because mine was AS-41 and it is decommissioned.April 14, 2017 09:27am
Eric Bihag When I was in, they was taking about decommissioning the Cable. I think the Merchant Marines was also looking into get the Cable. Not sure if they did nor not.April 14, 2017 09:31am
Michael Cockrum Remember pearl harbor? May everyone there R.I.P.April 14, 2017 12:04pm
Cat Nau If a bomb hit here, we would be all gone, the force of the water would consume us all. Just say a prayer with all your love ones and say Aloha!April 14, 2017 03:27pm
Stan Anderson You do realize the military being here prevents any other country from having a foothold on the Pacific right? I honestly believe if the US was not occupying HI someone else would be.April 15, 2017 12:32am
Stan Anderson Not to mention the amount of money that's injected into hawaii due to the military presence.April 15, 2017 12:39am
Cookie Mc Crory so ever heartbreaking!April 15, 2017 03:25am
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