Large-Scale Multi-Agency Exercises Scheduled for Next Week : Kauai Now : Kauai News & Information
County and state agencies and other emergency response partners are conducting joint training and exercises on Kaua’i that began this week with the National Guard’s 93rd Civil Support Team (CST). ‘Hawaii.
On Thursday, July 14, a large-scale Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) exercise will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Kaua’i Community College (KCC). Access to the KCC Campus Center, Fine Arts Auditorium and additional parking will be limited to exercise personnel and participants for the duration of the exercise.
“We are grateful to the participating agencies for contributing their time and expertise to these crucial emergency exercises,” said Mayor Derek SK Kawakami. “The skills practiced and lessons learned during this training will benefit our first responders and the people of Kaua’i and Ni’ihau.
Among the participants in the various events are the Kaua’i Emergency Management Agency (KEMA), the Kaua’i Fire Department (KFD) and the Kaua’i Police Department (KPD). Other participants include Kaua’i Community College, Hawaii Department of Health, Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Kaua’i Veterans Memorial Hospital and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. Various training events will take place leading up to a full-scale exercise.
Officials are asking for the public’s cooperation in staying away from any obvious or marked areas and from exercise-related vehicles, equipment and personnel. Trainings are ongoing at the KCC Auditorium in Līhu’e, the former Foodland in Kapa’a and at the Kaiakea Fire Station.
“The drills are intended to ensure that Kaua’i first responders will be better prepared for WMD events as well as a wide range of natural and man-made disasters,” said Kaua Emergency Management Administrator Elton Ushio. i. “The skills learned will also be applicable to incidents involving hazardous materials as well as events requiring multi-agency, multi-disciplinary coordination and interoperable communications.”
For more information on the exercise, please call the Kaua’i Emergency Management Agency at 808-241-1800.