Posted on | May 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Hawaiʻi’s Role in Emergency Management Examined
West Oʻahu Professor Ross Prizzia examines the strategic role of Hawaiʻi-based government agencies in disaster preparedness and emergency management in the Asia Pacific region in his article “Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Role of Hawaiʻi.” His findings were published in the spring 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed journal International Homeland Security.
According to Prizzia, Hawaiʻi plays a key role in the prevention of, preparation for and response to disasters in the Asia Pacific region as is demonstrated through the operations of Hawaiʻi-based institutions such as the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, U.S. Army Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, East-West Center, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Pacific Disaster Center and other related disaster-management support organizations.
Prizzia states that Hawaiʻi, as the only island state in the Pacific Ocean and as the base of U.S. operations, is strategic in any U.S. response to a wide range of natural and man-made disasters as well as the threat of terrorism. Moreover, the extensive Hawaiʻi-based network of coordination, cooperation and collaboration among emergency and disaster management government and civilian agencies at the local, national and international levels is essential to maintaining security in the Asia Pacific region.
Prizzia concludes that although some of this network of cooperation may be unique to Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific region, most is not and can provide useful “best practices” for other practitioners and jurisdictions.