Hawaii’s October Earthquake Aftermath Exposes Need to Improve Public Communications During Emergencies-Recommendations from Governor’s Task Force of Media, Community and Government Leaders



Following the October 15, 2006 earthquakes that caused extensive damage on the Big Island and led to widespread power blackouts primarily on O`ahu, Governor Linda Lingle recognized the urgent need to improve emergency communication procedures so residents and visitors receive accurate and timely information from government agencies and the news media during natural disasters and other times of crisis.

To bring this about, the Governor quickly formed the Comprehensive Communications Review Committee, chaired by Lenny Klompus, senior advisor