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Disaster Preparedness


On Saturday, Oct. 27, the HTA activated the Crisis Command Center at the Hawaii Convention Center in response to a tsunami warning for the Hawaiian Islands. The HTA worked closely with civil defense to monitor the potential impact to the state and ensure visitors were aware and informed. The warning was downgraded to an advisory by 12:45 a.m. Sunday morning and airports and roads were reopened.
In times of crisis, the HTA works closely with civil defense and the visitor industry to monitor the situation and provide accurate information to the HTA’s global marketing partners, visitor industry and stakeholders for the safety and security of visitors.
“We appreciate the support of the visitor industry in disseminating information to their guests,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “While we were fortunate that there was no reported damage to Hawaii’s infrastructure, this was a reminder for everyone to revisit their crisis communications plans and be prepared for a potential disaster.”
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