FEMA Faces Challenges Bringing Relief To Hawaii

Published 08/07 2014 06:44AM

Updated 08/07 2014 06:52AM

THURSDAY, UTAH (Good4Utah)-We're not the only ones experiencing bad weather. Hawaii is preparing for their first hurricane or tropical storm in over 20 years. Two hurricanes, Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio, are headed to the island-the first one set to hit the area later tonight. National Security Expert, Tom Panuzio joined us in studio this morning to discuss the massive challenges FEMA is going to face trying to bring relief to the island. Panuzio says staging relief supplies, mainly food, water and heavy equipment, is going to be rather difficult and limited due to the nature of the island. The supplies will not be able to be flown in from the United States due to the length of the flight, so relief supplies will have to be flown in from the military airbases. We have seen our fair share of flooding here in Utah but it's nothing like they will see in Hawaii. The island is more susceptible to flooding that any other state. People in Hawaii have already been rushing to the airports to get tickets off the island. Tourists have also been switching their flights to leave early. Airlines are working with passengers and switching their flights for free. 

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