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    Tropical Storm Olivia Spurs Hawaii Wing Preparations

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    HONOLULU, HI, UNITED STATES

    09.10.2018

    Story by Capt. Jennifer Herrington 

    Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary)

    by Capt. (CAP) Jennifer Herrington
    Hawaii Wing, Civil Air Patrol

    HONOLULU – As Tropical Storm Olivia inched closer to the islands of Maui and Hawaii, Civil Air Patrol’s Hawaii Wing launched aircrews Sept. 10, 2018, to warn the public that a tropical storm warning is in effect on those islands.

    Although Olivia was downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm status Monday afternoon, Hawaii residents are being urged to prepare for the storm’s arrival. The wing has encouraged its members to prepare their families, secure their property, check on their neighbors' needs and plan to evacuate or shelter in place.

    Planning for Olivia began Friday, with the Hawaii Wing collaborating with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Preparations continued while the wing's annual conference was held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

    Civil Air Patrol Col. Chantal Lonergan, wing commander, and 2nd Lt. Kamalama Kaikuana, assistant director of communications, attended Emergency Management Agency briefings on Sunday, and Kaikuana attended additional briefings Monday.

    From the Big Island of Hawaii, Lt. Col. Dana McLaughlin, incident commander, coordinated planning for mission requests from both the state agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    "For storms like this, preparedness is always important. We are working closely with both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and HIEMA today to make sure that everyone is prepared before the storm hits," McLaughlin said in an email to Hawaii Wing staff.

    In addition to the pre-landfall flights launched Monday, damage assessment flights are anticipated after the storm’s passage.

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    Date Taken: 09.10.2018
    Date Posted: 09.11.2018 15:39
    Story ID: 292273
    Location: HONOLULU, HI, US 

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