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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Hawaii Tsunami Threat: March 2011

Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)

Tsunami Evacuation Sign   On March 11, 2011 an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 occurred on the Eastern Coast of Japan that resulted in a tsunami watch for the Pacific, including the islands of Hawaii. HPP funded preparedness efforts enhanced Hawaii’s response to the potential tsunami by working closely with state agencies to create a strong and effective healthcare coalition.
The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) activated their HAH-Emergency Operations Center and HAH-Operations Support Center which were all fully staffed and operational within two hours of initiating an ‘alert’ status.

HPP funding allowed Hawaii to establish communications with all coalition facilities, which ensured their ability to evacuate all health care facilities one hour prior to the states’ predicted wave arrival time within the tsunami flood zones. Hawaii was also able to maintain supply of response caches with the use of HPP funds.

  • This page last reviewed: November 20, 2013