This weekend brings Makani Pahili 2013, a weeklong scenario-driven hurricane preparation exercise coordinated by State Civil Defense and the Hawaii National Guard. Amateur radio operators are invited to participate, with nets scheduled for Saturday, June 1, and Wednesday, June 5.
For more information, visit the Makani Pahili 2013 page set up by Ron Hashiro (AH6RH).
“The Makani Pahili 2013 hurricane exercise is a major preparation for next year’s Makani Pahili 2014 exercise,” Hashiro notes. “Next year’s exercise will be a major and more extensive exercise because all four counties need to exercise their respective castastrophic plans.”
Last year, Makani Pahili (Hawaiian for “Strong Winds”) simulated a Category 4 hurricane with winds exceeding 135 miles per hour and a storm surge of 15 feet sweeping through the Hawaiian Islands. More than 150 National guardsmen from Hawaii, California, and Nevada worked with agencies such as the Honolulu Fire Department, Honolulu Police Department and FEMA. Key exercise objectives are to test disaster preparedness plans, procedures, and communications systems.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Lee Tucker, courtesy 154th Wing Public Affairs.