Gov. signs emergency proclamation ahead of Flossie
Updated On: Jul 28 2013 08:52:51 PM HST
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an Emergency Proclamation Sunday in preparation of Tropical Storm Flossie.
The proclamation provides certain authorities that will allow the state to more effectively prepare for the arrival of Flossie, expected to make landfall Monday morning on the eastern end of Hawaii Island.
Local, state and federal governmental agencies and non-profit partners are coordinating and working together to minimize the impact of the projected high wind, waves and torrential rain.
"All parts of our emergency response system for the entire state are working together," Gov. Abercrombie said. "The purpose of signing this proclamation is to ensure that state agencies have full powers necessary to best protect and serve the people of Hawaii."
The emergency proclamation covers such items as access to the major disaster fund to cover staff overtime and other expenses, allowing emergency procurement of needed supplies and resources, as well as activation of the National Guard, if needed.
Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi said all non-essential county workers should not report to work on Monday.
Nine Big Island shelters have been confirmed to be open by 4 a.m. Monday. They are as follows:
-Hisaoka Gym (N. Kohala)
-Waimea Community Center (S. Kohala)
-Honaka'a Gym (Hamakua)
-Aunty Sally's Luau Hale (S. Hilo)
-Pahoa Community Center (Puna)
-Laupahoehoe Charter School
-Mt. View School
-Pahala Community Center
- West Hawaii Civic Center
People are strongly encouraged to bring their disaster supply kits with them to the shelters; disaster kits should include non-perishable, ready-to-eat food items.
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