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News and Upcoming Events
June 10, 2020

The Maui County Hazard Mitigation Plan is still rolling. Please see below for upcoming events!

  • Steering Committee Meeting
    • June 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm on Zoom
    • July 2, 2020 11:00 am – 12:30 pm on Zoom
  • CAR Committee 
    • June 15, 2020, 9:00 am
The Hazard Mitigation Plan team will also take part in Council-member Kelly King's Climate Action and Resilience (CAR) Committee on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 9:00 am to update Maui County Council on the status of Maui County's Hazard Mitigation Plan. This will be live streamed and recorded via Akaku.


New Hazard Mitigation Fact Sheet!
April 15, 2020

Due to the spread of coronavirus, both hazard mitigation public and steering committee meetings have been cancelled. Although the in-person meetings have been cancelled, the hazard mitigation team is still reaching out to the public and speaking with the steering committee. Due to these changes, a new fact sheet was created and is linked here. Please take a look and keep an eye out for more information from the team in the coming future.

Thank you all for your support!

Public Preparedness Survey

Currently, MEMA is encouraging the public to participate in the hazard mitigation plan by filling out the Public Preparedness Survey:
 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mitigatemaui

Project Fact Sheet

Download the Project Fact Sheet to learn more about the Hazard Mitigation Plan and how you can get involved in the planning process.

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.

Upcoming Hazard Mitigation Plan Meetings
January 27, 2020

The Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has issued a press release posting a number of upcoming meetings.The official press release can be found here. In addition, the second Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee meeting will be held on February 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The steering committee has grown since the first meeting in December, and includes a number of individuals from, but not limited to, Hawaii State Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Hawaiian Homelands, the Maui Hero Project and the Department of Education.

Currently, MEMA and Jamie Caplan Consulting are encouraging the public to participate in the hazard mitigation plan by filling out the survey and attending the meetings posted below:

Take the Public Preparedness Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mitigatemaui

Participate in a public meeting:
More public meetings will be offered throughout the County in the coming months. We would like to remind everyone the public plays a vital role in the creation and adoption of the Maui County Hazard Mitigation Plan. You are the experts in the field supplying us with important data to improve Maui County for you and your future generations. We would like to thank all participants that take the survey and participate in our public meetings. If you would like more information, please contact Anthony Joyce, PhD, at anthony.joyce@mauicounty.gov or by phone at (808) 270-7286. A Hazard Mitigation Fact Sheet can be found 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)
Maui County is committed to creating and sustaining communities that are more resilient to disasters. To fulfill this pledge, Maui Emergency Management Agency has contracted with Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC to develop an updated HMP. This plan is expected to be ready for review by FEMA in September 2020.Federal rules require this plan be updated every five years.

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 current FEMA-approved plan can be downloaded by clicking the following link:
A hazard mitigation working group will convene annually to evaluate the progress of the 2015 HMP. From this session a formal annual report on the progress of the plan will be prepared. This report will be posted to the Maui County HMP website as they become available.

For more information regarding the update of the HMP please email Anthony Joyce, PhD, Maui County Hazard Mitigation Officer.