Today, U.S. Democratic Senate nominee Mazie Hirono received the endorsement of the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) at a press conference held at Kakaako Waterfront Park. NWSEO represents 4,000 employees responsible for weather forecasting at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. The endorsement comes just two days before September 11, 2012, which marks 20 years since Hurricane Iniki struck and devastated Kauai and parts of Leeward Oahu.
"I am humbled to be endorsed by the men and women who are charged with providing our isolated island state with critical weather information that could mean the difference between life and death," said Mazie Hirono. "These employees provide vital weather forecasting and tsunami prediction services that allow communities to prepare for disasters and emergencies, enabling them to be more resilient and sustainable. At a time when Republicans continue to attack the role and value of government, we must stand up for the kinds of federal support needed to make Hawaii a safer, more sustainable place to live and visit."
NWSEO President Dan Sobien said, "Mazie Hirono understands the importance of accurate weather forecasting and tsunami predictions for the people of Hawaii. Time and again, she has shown her commitment to Hawaii's emergency preparedness. She supports the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program and with her leadership, Hawaii will be more prepared for severe weather. Mazie also recognizes the importance of the dedicated professionals who work for the National Weather Service. NWSEO is proud to endorse Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate."