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Ready Hawaii Smartphone Application (Ready Hawaii App)
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR: Melvin Kaku | PROJECT AFFILIATION: Honolulu Department of Emergency Management | PROJECT LOCATION: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Hawai‘i’s isolated population is extremely vulnerable to hurricanes, tsunamis, and other coastal weather risks, making emergency preparedness and disaster communication in the face of these hazards imperative. Currently, there is no single source that provides both emergency messages (including weather alerts) and disaster preparedness resources, which leaves residents and visitors uninformed and vulnerable. The Ready Hawaii App will reach users via their smartphones, and is designed to be a one stop resource for preparation and planning information specific to coastal storms and other natural disasters. The application will provide real-time weather and hazard updates for each of Hawai‘i’s three counties, as well as bring National Weather Service, Public Health and other risk-related announcements instantly to users wherever they are, with links to relevant resources. Through this effort, it is expected that the number of residents educated and prepared for coastal weather hazards and other disasters will increase, thereby strengthening community resilience to coastal weather hazards.