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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 Update 2020
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.

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.