The city's Department of Emergency Management announced Wednesday that it will roll out the Oahu Emergency Evacuation Plan Project beginning early in 2013.
The $500,000 one-year project funded by a grant from the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization with match funding from the City and County of Honolulu will identify high-risk coastal evacuation areas on Oahu and develop a strategy to designate evacuation routes and placement of evacuation signage.
The project team consists of six firms led by Robert Collins of Atkins North America, Inc. who will provide project management. Other team members include Group 70 International, Solutions Pacific, LLC., Martin and Chock, Inc., University of Hawaii Sea Grant and Dewberry and Davis, LLC.
Project objectives include performing a gap analysis that addresses a community tsunami risk assessment, evacuation capability, behavioral science and strategies to minimize traffic congestion.
An integral part of this project includes public outreach meetings in evacuation high-risk areas to seek planning input from local organizations and Oahu residents.
"We recognize that our residents have been requesting coastal evacuation routes and evacuation signage for quite some time.", said Melvin Kaku, director for the Department of Emergency Management. "The project, information and public input gathered during this one-year study will ensure that we, the City, approach evacuation routing and signage as a holistic process to ensure consistency across Oahu. I especially want to acknowledge the support we have received from key community organizations in Ewa, Hau'ula, Kailua, Nanakuli and the North Shore who have come to the forefront as community disaster preparedness stake holders."
Regional community outreach meetings are planned in identified high-risk coastal evacuation areas on Oahu. Specific dates and locations of these public meetings will be released as soon as site hosting agreements have been completed.