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Good Practice, Good News for Storm Season

Travel has reduced our posting frequency lately, and we're still checking in from a distance. We'll break the string of non-posts today by linking to the hurricane preparedness stories in the Advertiser and Star-Bulletin and their good advice to get ready for the season.

The prediction of 72 dead from a category 4 storm striking Oahu is a sober reminder of the serious hurt hurricanes can inflict on our islands. That kind of storm ferocity also calls into question some of the communications channels being proposed to aid citizens during such a disaster. E.G., let's just assume that cell phone towers will be blown away, as will text messaging as a way to communicate emergency information.

Now would be a good time for the Governor's Comprehensive Communications Review Committee to publish an update on the communications enhancements it presumablly has overseen during the past seven months since the committee was formed. A good start would be to disclose how many radio stations have added backup generation since Earthquake Sunday.

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