By Joe Barker, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and SecurityMay 20, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii will be conducting its annual hurricane exercise, Makani Pahili, which is Hawaiian for strong winds, May 23-June 2.
This exercise is scheduled to prepare for Hawaii’s hurricane season, in effect from June to December.
Makani Pahili is a joint exercise that involves the State of Hawaii and all branches of the armed services here in Hawaii. Key exercise objectives are to test disaster preparedness plans and procedures, to test alert procedures and communications systems, and to test select safe havens and family assistance centers, at both Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter.
All residents should expect to see and hear “Exercise-Exercise-Exercise” alerts and announcements from USAG-HI’s mass notification and giant-voice systems, emails and websites during the exercise.
What do I do?
--Do not be alarmed. This is only an exercise. USAG-HI leaders ask for the Army community’s patience, understanding and support during this important exercise.
--If a hurricane is underway, be ready to respond.
--Stay tuned to the radio, TV or social media sites for more information.
--Secure your home, bring in furniture and close storm shutters.
--Ensure you have enough water for household purposes.
--Turn refrigerator to coldest setting and keep the door closed.
--Never ignore an evacuation order. Follow evacuation guidelines, times and routes. Take your emergency kit with you.
--Stay away from windows and doors. Do not go outside until instructed to do so.
--Report to your chain of command when you are in a safe place.
--Avoid high and fast-moving water.
(Editor’s Note: Barker is the installation management emergency officer for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.)