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City launches project to examine tsunami evacuation plan

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 07:13 p.m. HST, Dec 12, 2012


A one-year project being undertaken by the city aims to identify high-risk tsunami inundation zones to better plan for evacuations and minimize congestion and confusion during tsunami evacuations.

The Oahu Emergency Evacuation Plan Project, announced today, is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization with matching funds from the city.

“The most important thing that we need to do is to educate the community about where and when they should evacuate,” Mayor Peter Carlisle said at a news conference. “The more information that we give to the community, the better off we’re going to be.”

The project aims to analyze communities to determine challenges they face in evacuating residents and visitors during a tsunami evacuation. Analyses would help planners determine where to place appropriate signage for tsunami evacuation areas and develop strategies to minimize traffic congestion.

The project is being led by Robert Collins of Atkins North America, a mainland-based engineering and consulting company that has worked with coastal cities across the country in developing evacuation plans and routes. Local project participants include Group 70 International, Solutions Pacific LLC, Martin and Chock Inc., the University of Hawaii Sea Grant program and Dewberry and Davis, LLC.

Planners say they expect to finish work by September 2013.






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