July 21, 2017 Hawaii is preparing residents in case North Korea launches a missile at the island state.
Hawaii’s Emergency Manangement Agency Director, Vern T. Miyagi said the awareness campaign implemented on Friday aims to assemble an evacuation plan for civilians on the island, in order to prepare for a potential intercontinental ballistic missile attack.
“We do not want to cause any undue stress for the public,” said Vern T. Miyagi, “but we cannot wait to begin our public information campaign to ensure that Hawaii residents will know what do if such an event occurs.”
Both United States and South Korean officials concluded a projectile launched on the Fourth of July is a long-range missile, and Hawaii’s officials say the ICBM would arrive in 20 minutes, leaving 12 to 15 minutes for warnings and evacuations.
In the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, state and local governments dusted off emergency preparedness plans to find them outdated or non-existent. Then U.S. President George W. Bush signed a mandate establishing the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as one of the “lessons learned” from the 9/11 attacks. The Bush administration said NIMS would ensure that federal, state and local government first responders would “speak the same language” in the event of future terrorist attacks.
In 2003, the federal government formally established the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a cabinet level agency to address future large-scale terrorist attacks directed from abroad, while enhancing federal, state, and local government agencies ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters in the homeland.
In December, 2012, a report by U. S. Senator Tom Coburn titled “Safety At Any Price Assessing the Impact of Homeland Security Spending in US Cities,” found that billions of taxpayer dollars allotted via the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) — one of the largest anti-terrorism grant programs were misused or wasted and there was little evidence to suggest that U.S. cities were any safer than prior to the 9/11 attacks.
Emergency and disaster plans on paper cannot measure preparedness. Emergency response drills and first responder training and exercises are the closest measure of preparedness — other than actual events.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."