DES shifting efforts to hurricane season

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col Miller

Miller

Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

The Directorate of Emergency Services is very busy right now in preventing and preparing for response to disaster.

For a four-day period beginning March 11, the wildland fire branch of the DES was engaged in a prescribed burn on the Schofield range. We burned approximately 1,300 acres to decrease the natural fuel load in an effort to minimize the probability and scope of accidental fires during live-fire training.

With the assistance of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (and a little help from the weather), we successfully completed the burn within the prescribed limits – with no injuries or loss of property.

As the hurricane season quickly approaches, the DES is now shifting its efforts to the Army-Hawaii hurricane exercise. Fortunately for the residents of Hawaii, the drier, stable air in the region, coupled with wind shear and cooler surface temperatures in the waters to the east of the islands, typically insulates us from direct hits from major storms.

The last direct hit from a large storm was in 1992, when Hurricane Iniki, a category four hurricane, hit the islands. Although this storm resulted in only six deaths, the damage incurred, in 2015 dollars, topped $3 billion.

Despite the fact that we are typically insulated from being hit by major storms, each year, Hawaii State Civil Defense, in cooperation with a number of governmental and private agencies, conducts a statewide exercise to test and evaluate preparations for operations before, during and after a hurricane. Our HUREX is tied into the annual state exercise and allows us to work in tandem with other services and entities to test and evaluate our capabilities.

Throughout the exercise, DES, in conjunction with the rest of the garrison, will test our disaster preparedness plan, emergency operations procedures, mass warning notification system, mass casualty plan, continuity of operations and our communications capabilities.

All this will help us to ensure that, in the unlikely event of a major storm landing on the islands, we will be able to protect our installations and provide adequate shelter and assistance to our military communities through a concerted effort by the garrison, tenant units and the local community.

 

DES

For more information on the services and the personnel who support this community, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/des/default.htm.

 

The following occurred on U.S. Army Hawaii installations and off-post.

•Aliamanu Military Reservation

1 – Domestic disturbance

 

•Fort Shafter

2 – Theft

 

•Helemano Military Reservation

1 – Larceny

 

•Off-post

1 – Assault

 

•Schofield Barracks

4 – Domestic disturbance

4 – Wrongful property damage

1 – Assault

5 – Larceny

4 – Traffic accidents with property damage

 

•Tripler Army Medical Center

2 – Larceny

 

•Wheeler Army Airfield

1 – Domestic disturbance

1 – Assault

 

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