U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced that Hawaii will be receiving $5,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide emergency preparedness training for state and county first responders. The grant will be awarded to the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
"With hurricane season upon us, we are keenly aware of Hawaii's isolated location in the middle of the Pacific," said Hanabusa. "We are vulnerable to an array of major disasters, so it is critical that our brave emergency responders are ready to protect our communities from threats. The National Domestic Preparedness Training Center at UH Manoa helps ensure our state and local entities are properly trained to prevent, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other devastating emergencies. I would like to thank the Department of Homeland Security for this important grant and for their commitment to keeping our residents and visitors safe."
The award is being provided through the Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) to members of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, which includes the University of Hawaii.