Hawaii DoD Nuclear Preparedness Plans

Sarah Emerson filed this request with the Hawaii Department of Defense of Hawaii.
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From: Sarah Emerson

To Whom It May Concern:

### BACKGROUND ###

In recent months, there has been increased discussion about the potential for a nuclear attack on the Hawaiian Islands (http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/04/10/hawaii-news/specialists-think-north-korea-is-nuclear-threat/?HSA=9dd9a29e947232aee86522159d9e3ff216f58158). However, no public-facing emergency guidelines exist to inform the public about what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Many states make this information available, but Hawaii seems to either have none, or has not made these records accessible to the public.

### REQUEST ###

Pursuant to Hawaii's Uniform Information Practices Code, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all evacuation plans and preparedness guidelines for the event of a nuclear attack on Hawaii. Please include all photo, audio, and video attachments, if relevant.

In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am a journalist writing for Motherboard, VICE's technology and science site, and that this request is being made as part of news gathering.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. They will be used in the course of my reporting for Motherboard (www.motherboard.vice.com).

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request, and I ask that this be processed in the "media" fee category. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Sarah Emerson

From: ANTHONY, CHARLES J Lt Col USAF ANG HIANG/PA

Aloha, Ms. Emerson:

I've just received your UIPA request which was forwarded to me by my deputy who had been cc'd in your latest email. I'm not sure why none of your previous emails have gotten through to me directly, although I am aware that sometimes the network firewall automatically deletes some emails that it deems to be spam.

Now that we have this request, we'll process it with the appropriate office as quickly as we can.

Would you mind trying to email me back and/or call at the number below to confirm receipt of this email?
Regards,

///SIGNED///
CHARLES J. ANTHONY, Lt. Col. , HIANG
JF HQ Hawaii National Guard
Director, Public Affairs
(808) 733-4258

From: Sarah Emerson

Hi Charles,

Thanks so much for the update! This email is to confirm receipt of your email.

Best,
Sarah

From: Clairmont, Toby l

Good evening Ms. Emerson.

In accordance with § 92F-12, Hawaii Revised Statutes, we acknowledge receipt of your Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) request for information related to emergency guidelines to inform the public regarding nuclear attack. My office received your request on May 16, 2017 and we will be responding to you with your requested information NLT Friday, May 19, 2017.

Thank you for your request.

Aloha

_______________________________________

TOBY L. CLAIRMONT, RN, CEM ®
Executive Officer
HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
State Emergency Operations Center - Birkhimer
Hawaii State Department of Defense

Email: toby.l.clairmont@hawaii.gov<mailto:toby.l.clairmont@hawaii.gov>

Office: (808) 733-4300 ext. 524
Cell: (808) 864-7723

Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail message, including any attachments is for the sole use of the intended recipient (s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. Any review, use, disclosure, or distribution by unintended recipients is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

From: Clairmont, Toby l

Sarah Emerson
www.motherboard.vice.com<http://www.motherboard.vice.com>

Good evening Ms. Emerson.

This is in response to your request for information in accordance with the Hawaii Uniform Information Practices Act.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) discontinued active planning and preparedness activities related to nuclear attack in the mid-1980's. At that time, the risk of attack was deemed to be extremely low. Consequently, various plans, procedures, public information products and related federal funding were discontinued. Those products are now extremely outdated and have been rescinded. Attached is the most-recent example of a public facing document that existed (Community Shelter Plan for the City & County of Honolulu dated 1985).

In response to the current threat from North Korea (DPRK), we are engaged in the following activities:

1. Researching current knowledge and techniques for population protection. This activity includes surveying all 50 states and US territories (underway), obtaining and reviewing the latest scientific evidence (weapons effects, sheltering strategies, etc.) and modeling weapon impact on the island of Oahu.

1. Developing the content for a public information campaign for near and long-term public education focused on an all-hazards approach. This information is not yet in draft form and will be available the first week of June.

1. Reviewing existing emergency notification and warning protocols between the US Pacific Command (USPACOM) and our State Warning Point.

1. Conducting briefings for congressional and state legislative leaders.

1. Maintaining a set of 'talking points' for media inquiries.

1. Reconfiguring siren systems statewide to allow for two distinct warning sounds; Attention-Alert (currently in use) and Attack-Warning (used up until the 1980's for attack scenarios - being restored)

1. Exploring the use of the Wireless Emergency Alert (Cell phones) system to augment the existing Emergency Alert System (broadcast radio and television) and siren system (outdoor warning).

1. Conducting in-service training for key staff and leadership regarding weapons effects, response protocols and related.

1. Reviewing existing procedures for mass casualty and fatality management with the US Department of Health & Human Services

1. Conducting a Functional Exercise to assure full integration of response activities and protocols.

Going forward, we will be engaging with Hawaii's four county governments, the federal government and all state agencies to bring about meaningful plans and public guidance. The work ahead is formidable and critical to the survival of our 1.4 million residents and visitors in the unlikely event of a nuclear detonation. Our work is being conducted in a deliberate, transparent and scientifically-supported basis.

We have attached a series of documents, guidance and work papers we believe would be most helpful to you and your readers. They should also give you some insight into our work plan (POAM). We have not produced any photos, video or other media. Most of the documents that are in use at this time are in draft form and are pre-decisional as defined by HRS §92F-13 (3) and are not final nor have they been released to the public. They are not available under the Hawaii UIPA.

You are welcome to contact me if you require any additional information or to clarify the materials we have provided you. As you can see, this is all a work in progress so new information and public guidance will be available soon.

Aloha

_______________________________________

TOBY L. CLAIRMONT, RN, CEM ®
Executive Officer
HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
State Emergency Operations Center - Birkhimer
Hawaii State Department of Defense

Email: toby.l.clairmont@hawaii.gov<mailto:toby.l.clairmont@hawaii.gov>

Office: (808) 733-4300 ext. 524
Cell: (808) 864-7723

Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail message, including any attachments is for the sole use of the intended recipient (s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. Any review, use, disclosure, or distribution by unintended recipients is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.

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