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THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  URGING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO INITIATE, SUPPORT,
    AND ASSIST EFFORTS TO OBTAIN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR A STUDY
    ON THE ACCESSIBILITY OF DISASTER-RELATED INFORMATION,
    SERVICES, AND RESOURCES TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND
    FOR THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO HAWAII'S CIVIL DEFENSE
    SYSTEM TO MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE TO PERSONS WITH
    DISABILITIES. 


 1        WHEREAS, disasters take on many forms and are caused by
 2   gale force winds, sudden floods, releases of deadly chemicals,
 3   fire, ice, even upheavals of the earth itself; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, due to Hawaii being prone to natural disasters,
 6   Hawaii is the home to an array of necessary disaster-related
 7   agencies and services unmatched by any other state including
 8   the Pacific Disaster Center in Maui, the Center of Excellence
 9   in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance, telemedicine
10   facilities, regional weather observation and forecast centers,
11   and the headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Command; and
12   
13        WHEREAS, Hawaii's own state Civil Defense system, which
14   prepares the State for and coordinates the State's recovery
15   from disasters ranging from hurricanes to gas leaks and from
16   fires to floods, is well-organized and highly respected despite
17   strict budgetary limitations; and
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19        WHEREAS, it is imperative that the legislature ensure that
20   the state Civil Defense system be effective and that disaster-
21   related information, services, and resources are immediately
22   accessible to persons with disabilities, especially those
23   individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; now, therefore,
24   
25        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
26   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that Hawaii's
27   Congressional Delegation is urged to initiate, support, and
28   assist efforts to obtain federal funding for:
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30        (1)  A study on the accessibility of disaster-related
31             information, services, and resources to persons with
32             disabilities, including persons who are deaf, in
33             Hawaii; and
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35        (2)  Making the necessary improvements to Hawaii's Civil

 
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 1             Defense system to enhance the accessibility of
 2             disaster-related information, services, and resources
 3             to persons with disabilities;
 4   
 5   and
 6   
 7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
 8   Resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States
 9   Senate, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Director
10   of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Hawaii's
11   Congressional Delegation; Governor; and Director of Civil
12   Defense.