Disaster Preparedness

This conversation was recorded on February 25, 2010 in the PBS Hawaii studio.

Insights on PBS Hawaii is presented on Thursdays at 7:30 PM on PBS Hawaii.

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  The catastrophic earthquake in Haiti has heightened public awareness about disaster preparedness. Is our community ready to prepare for and respond to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and other forces of nature? This week's panel will discuss how we can be prepared. They include Ed Teixiera, Vice-Director of State Civil Defense; Thomas Schroeder from the University of Hawaii's National Disaster Preparedness Training Center; Maria Lutz, Disaster Services Director of the Hawaii State Chapter American Red Cross; and Ray Tanabe, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the Honolulu Forecast Office NOAA.

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