The Maui County Civil Defense Agency today announced that Maui County's tsunami evacuation maps have recently been updated based on newly released scientific data, and urged all Maui County residents to review the new evacuation maps.
A county press release stated that the updated maps include expanded evacuation areas in Kahului, Kihei and Lahaina, as well as maps for Kahakuloa Village and Keanae, which had not previously been mapped.
To access the updated maps, visit the Civil Defense Webpage on the Maui County Website at www.mauicounty.gov/CivilDefense and click on "Tsunami Evacuation Maps" on the left menu bar.
Civil Defense Emergency Management Officer Anna Foust explained that the new evacuation maps were based on the latest scientific modeling done by University of Hawai'i geophysicists.
"Based on this information, our staff worked closely with the county's emergency management partners and with our first-responder community to develop the new evacuation zones," said Foust. "Until the maps can be included in next year's phone books, we are encouraging the public to visit the Website to review the recent changes to the evacuation maps."
Staff from the Maui County Civil Defense Agency will schedule community meetings in each district to introduce the maps and talk to residents about the recent changes and how they can prepare for a tsunami and other hazards.
Details on the community meetings will be released at a later date.
For more information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/CivilDefense.