More weight on climate change, managed retreat in Honolulu pre-disaster mitigation plan


THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU HAS UPDATED A FEDERALLY REQUIRED DISASTER PLAN, AND THIS TIME AROUND IT FOCUSES MORE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND MOVING AWAY FROM THE SHORELINE. GINA MANGIERI IS ALWAYS INVESTIGATING AND HAS THE DETAILS. GINA: TRYING TO HEAD OFF COSTLY DAMAGE IN ADVANCE OF STORMS AND FLOODS BY REDUCING RISK ALONG THE AN IDEA SHARED BY STATE AND OTHER COUNTY DISASTER PLANNERS TOO, BUT GETTING FROM CONCEPT TO RULES AND REGULATIONS IS ANOTHER MATTER. IN ORDER TO STAY ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL HAZARD GRANTS, STATES AND COUNTIES ACROSS THE NATION HAVE TO TURN IN PLANS TO FEMA EVERY FIVE YEARS. HONOLULU STARTED WORKING ON ITS LATEST VERSION LAST SUMMER WITH COMMUNITY INPUT AND EXPERTS SUCH AS STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS AND URBAN PLANNERS. HIRO TOIYA, DIRECTOR, DEPT. OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT-“I HOPE THAT THIS IS A PLAN THAT THOSE DIFFERENT VOICES INTO A PLAN THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF.” RECENTLY FEMA APPROVED HONOLULU’S ‘PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION’ PLAN — WHICH BASICALLY TELLS THE FEDS WHAT THE CITY IS TRYING TO DO TO HIRO TOIYA, DIRECTOR, DEPT. OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT-“AS THE SAYING GOES AN OUNCE OF CURE, AND THE SAYING IS TRUE ALSO FOR DISASTERS. THE TOPICS OUTLINED THIS GO-AROUND ARE SIMILAR TO A STATEWIDE VERSION OF THE MITIGATION PLAN HAWAII TURNED INTO FEMA LAST YEAR — “CLIMATE CHANGE” IS FOCUSED ON MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, AND MORE REFERENCES TO AN IDEA CALLED “MANAGED RETREAT”… PHASING OUT HOMES AND BUSINESSES FROM THE RISKIEST AREAS BEFORE THEY’RE LOST TO SEA LEVEL RISE OR CONTINUAL FLOODING. HIRO TOIYA, DIRECTOR, DEPT. OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT-“WHEN SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN WE’VE GOT TO BUILD BACK SMARTER, WE CAN’T KEEP BUILDING BACK THE SAME PLACE IN THE SAME WAY, THE PLAN SUGGESTS CREATING A SCORE CARD THAT LOOKS AT COASTAL RISKS AND TO HELP DECIDE WHAT TO SAVE AND WHAT TO MOVE. IT WEIGHS ADAPTATION TO SEA LEVEL RISE BETWEEN WHETHER TO PROTECT THINGS LIKE SEA WALLS AND SAND REPLENISHMENT, OR RETREAT AWAY FROM REPETITIVE LOSS AREAS. THE PLAN SAYS THE CITY SHOULD CREATE A COASTAL CONSTRUCTION CONTROL ZONE TO ACCOUNT FOR 2 FEET OF SEA LEVEL RISE AS A CRITERIA FOR ALLOWING ANY DEVELOPMENT OR VARIANCES. THE PLAN DOES NOT ESTABLISH NEW ZONING OR BUILDING CODES, LISTS OF TARGETED PROPERTIES, NOR ANY MONEY FOR BUYOUTS OR SWAP OFFERS. THINGS LIKE THAT WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH LAW AND RULEMAKING PROCESSES THAT WOULD TAKE YEARS. HIRO TOIYA, DIRECTOR, DEPT. OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT-” SO IT REALLY TALKS ABOUT THE WHAT, BUT WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER WITH ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS TO REALLY GET DOWN INTO THE DETAILS OF HOW WHATEVER DOESN’T COME ABOUT THROUGH PREVENTIVE MEASURES AND CODE CHANGES MAY END UP HAPPENING ANYWAY POST- DISASTER… THE CITY ALSO CONTINUES TO EVOLVE ITS SEPARATE DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN TO ALSO LOOK AT AREAS THAT MAY BE TOO RISKY TO KEEP PROTECTING. HIRO TOIYA, DIRECTOR, DEPT. OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT-“WHEN A DIDISTER OCCURS THERE’S GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE PRESSURE TO JUST BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT DOESN’T HAPPEN THAT WAY AND THAT WE’RE BEING SMART ABOUT THE RECOVERY GINA: THE OTHER THREE COUNTIES IN HAWAII HAVE MITIGATION PLANS DUE TO FEMA NEXT YEAR. WE’LL FOLLOW UP ON WHAT DIRECTION THOSE TAKE FOR DEALING WITH RISKS AHEAD OF CATASTROPHES. BACK TO YOU. JOE:

8 thoughts on “More weight on climate change, managed retreat in Honolulu pre-disaster mitigation plan

  1. Bullshit it not climate change it's the islands is moving through the island chain just look the Hawaiian islands chain should tell you everything it's not rocket science dumbass climate change what a joke the banks knows it a scam you think they be giving out 20-30-40 years loans dumbass LOL

  2. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure." Compared to doing nothing.. "Mitigation of damage" this plan is progressive, a good step, & example to lead by. I hope other places can organize as well.

  3. We barely get storms, or rain. Good job on reporting nothing.
    They should talk about how a person that committed negligent homicide still gets bail but Assault 1 found guilty gets taken straight into custody. 🤔

  4. These clowns are looking for any and every excuse that they can think of to raise our taxes.

  5. This has nothing to do with climate change, just common sense. If our world had no change in the climate wouldn't it be dead?

  6. Are those beach front property values taking into account they will soon be under water?

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