Photo Credit: Darrell Ames, United States Army, Pacific Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator Nancy Ward and Hawaii Civil Defense Director Major General Robert G. F. Lee sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, Sep. 2nd. The signing formally adopted both Hawaii's All-Hazards Concept Plan (CONPLAN) and Catastrophic Hurricane
Operations Plan (OPLAN). The event took place in the Hawaii Civil Defense Media Center in front of reporters, first responders, emergency managers and catastrophic planners at the local, State and Federal level. "These plans are 'living documents' that will continually be updated," said General Lee.
"They will serves us not only in dealing with hurricanes and other tropical cyclones, but also potential man-made disasters, including terrorism." The development and testing of the CONPLAN and OPLAN also represents an
"emergency response first" following Hawaii's agreement to be the first state in the nation to engage in a joint planning exercise that fully
employs the FEMA Integrated Planning System (IPS), which is scheduled to become a national template for joint federal/state and local disaster
planning. (Official JTF-HD Photo by Mr. Darrell Ames)