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2020 Maui County Hazard Mitigation Plan Final
Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2020
February 25, 2020
The Maui Emergency Management Agency is developing an update to the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan to address threats such as wildfires, significant beach erosion and highway rock slides. This plan focuses on mitigating hazards to critical facilities and special populations or areas. Critical facilities include those public and private facilities that need to be operational during and after a hazard event to meet public health and safety needs, or to speed economic recovery.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan will serve as a meaningful blueprint for a more resilient and sustainable future for the County of Maui. The plan looks at how the County can lessen the impact of natural hazards such as wildfires, tropical storms and erosion on all three islands. This includes projects such as strengthening school buildings to serve as shelters during hurricanes, adding generators to critical facilities for backup power, and developing tsunami evacuation routes. Once approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the plan makes the County eligible for pre- and post-disaster mitigation project grant funding through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs and other non-emergency disaster assistance.
With support of a consulting team led by Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC, Maui Emergency Management Agency has formed a Steering Committee of County Leaders to inform the update process. Team members have also developed a community-driven project approach that includes interviewing key stakeholders, hosting public meetings, distributing a public preparedness survey and review of the draft plan. The Steering Committee met on December 10, 2019, and February 4, 2020 plans to hold a third meeting on April 21, 2020. The Planning Team has interviewed a dozen stakeholders, included but not limited to, the Maui County Planning Department, the Maui Visitor’s Bureau, the Maui County Department of Public Works, and the chief executive officer of Feed My Sheep and chair of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. The Steering Committee hosted three public meetings in February 2020, one in each of the following locations, Central Maui, Moloka’i and Hana. Additional public meetings will be held in April 2020.
The current FEMA-approved plan can be downloaded by clicking the following link:
Maui County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The Maui Emergency Management Agency testifies in front of the Climate Action and Resilience Committee (02/03/2020)
February 25, 2020
On February 3, 2020, the Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Jamie Caplan testified in front of the Climate Action and Resilience Committee about the on-going work of the Maui County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The information presented during their testimony highlighted the function of the steering committee, the emphasis on community engagement, and the efforts to do a thorough risk assessment for Maui County. The Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is expected to be accepted and adopted by October of 2020, and will keep Maui County eligible for pre- and post-disaster mitigation federal funding.
The recorded committee meeting can be streamed here.
The Maui Emergency Management Agency testifies in front of the Climate Action and Resilience Committee
January 7, 2020
On Monday, the Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) testified in front of the Climate Action and Resilience Committee about how MEMA is working with Maui County and other non-governmental organizations to mitigate the effects of climate change and promote future resiliency. Herman Andaya, MEMA's Administrator and Anthony Joyce, PhD, MEMA's Hazard Mitigation Officer discussed what climate change is, how Maui County may be impacted and the steps taken to mitigate these affects. The data presented during their testimony highlighted issues such as rising sea levels that are exacerbating coastal erosion, decreasing precipitation in the Hawaiian Islands, and increasing ocean acidity causing degradation of Maui's coastal ecosystems and coral reefs. In addition, MEMA discussed the on-going work of the Maui County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, a document used to study and analyze risk of multiple natural hazards that Maui County faces. Dr. Joyce explained this document will be a living document, and will be used to develop and keep track of hazard mitigation projects on Maui. The Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is expected to be accepted and adopted by October of 2020 and will keep Maui County eligible for pre- and post-disaster mitigation federal funding.
The recorded committee meeting can be streamed here.
Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Maui Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is a master plan for the County that identifies the hazards and risks posed by natural and technological disasters, identifies hazard mitigation actions and activities to reduce losses from such disasters, and establishes priorities and a long-term sustained process to implement those actions.
This plan focuses on mitigating hazards to critical facilities and special populations or areas. Critical facilities include those public and private facilities that need to be operational during and after a hazard event to meet public health and safety needs, or to speed economic recovery.
The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) is to save lives and property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability for the community. During the course of the update planning project, local leaders and the community worked in tandem to identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulated a strategy to reduce disaster vulnerability.
An HMP demonstrates County commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards and serve as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to minimize the effects of hazards. The HMP is the blueprint for reducing the County’s vulnerability to disasters and hazards. The HMP is intended to integrate with County planning mechanisms already in place, such as building and zoning regulations, environmental planning, and long-range planning mechanisms. The planning process included conducting a thorough hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA), creating community disaster mitigation priorities, and creating subsequent mitigation actions and projects for Maui County.
By participating in the planning process, the County will be eligible to apply for, and receive, grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reduce the vulnerability of residents within the community. Reducing the vulnerability to disasters helps to break the cycle of disasters and ensures a sustainable future for the next generation. After receiving FEMA approval of the HMP, the County is eligible to receive grants from the following grant funding sources when/if they are needed:
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
- Pre-disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)
- Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)
Development of the updated plan includes a Steering Committee, multiple stakeholder engagement opportunities, and public workshops. Announcements regarding this opportunities will be posted on this page.
The 2015 FEMA-approved plan can be downloaded by clicking the following link:
For more information regarding the update of the HMP please email Anthony Joyce, PhD, Maui County Hazard Mitigation Officer.