Maui's Emergency Sirens Fail to Warn Residents of Approaching Fire, Death Toll Rises to 80
Emergency sirens on Maui failed to sound as a wildfire approached residential areas, leading to a devastating outcome. The Hawaii Emergency ...
Emergency Sirens Fail to Sound as Wildfire Approaches Residential Areas
Emergency sirens on Maui failed to sound as a wildfire approached residential areas, leading to a devastating outcome. The Hawaii Emergency Services Administration (HI-EMA) admitted that the sirens did not go off despite their monthly testing. The wildfire reached Lahaina earlier this week, resulting in the death of 80 people, with the possibility of the death toll increasing.
Lack of Warning Causes Frustration Among Residents
During a recent wildfire incident in Maui, neither the county nor the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) activated warning sirens on the island. The agencies clarified that the sirens are meant to alert the public to seek more information and do not necessarily indicate an evacuation. This lack of warning has caused frustration among residents, with one resident, Lynn Robinson, who lost her home in the fire, stating that there was no warning or presence of emergency responders during the incident.
Inadequate Alert System for Chemical Plant Fire
Residents in Hawaii were not adequately alerted about a fire that broke out at a chemical plant, according to reports. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) sent out alerts via text, radio, and TV, but many residents did not receive or notice the alerts. They only became aware of the fire when they saw it or heard explosions. It is unclear why the emergency sirens did not initially go off, as much of the equipment was destroyed by the fire. Governor Josh Green expressed concern about the rapid destruction of the equipment.
Current Status of the Fires
As of Saturday, several fires are still burning on Maui, with the Lahaina fire being the most deadly and destructive. However, officials have reported that it is now 85% contained. During the fire, residents had to jump into the Pacific Ocean to save themselves, and the U.S. Coast Guard rescued at least 14 people using a 45-foot boat. The inferno destroyed or damaged over 2,000 buildings, and the estimated cost of rebuilding for Maui County could be up to $5.52 billion.
Investigation into Decision-Making Process
A new video has been released showing the devastating moment a wildfire destroyed homes in Lahaina. The Hawaii Attorney General, Anne Lopez, has announced that her office will conduct a thorough review of the decisions made by officials in relation to the wildfires.
Commitment to Investigation and Relief Effort
The Department of the Attorney General in Hawaii expresses condolences for the recent tragedy and pledges to investigate the decisions made before and during the wildfires. They are committed to sharing the results of this review with the public and supporting the ongoing relief effort.