The Conversation: Managing a Pandemic

Apr 28, 2020

The administrators for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9 talk coordinating efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, the Contractors Association of Hawaii on how the industry is keeping job sites open and workers safe, and the Hawaii Farm Bureau discusses the challenges ahead.

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Bob Fenton, FEMA Region 9's administrator and Luke Meyers, HI-EMA's administrator, discuss managing the needs of the island communities and how they're approaching the COVID19 pandemic.

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Cheryl Walthall, head of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, talks about how the construction industry is preparing to ramp up as more projects get off the ground during the economic crisis. The association represents more than 500 companies across the state, making it the largest construction association in the islands.

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Brian Miyamoto, Executive Director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, discusses how his organization had to pivot to support members selling flowers and vegetables in addition to beef, pork, and seafood, and the success with the farm-to-car concept as a way to buy local products and support the community.