Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have wreaked havoc on Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. US territories Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have been especially devastated, and the news media has been full of stories of US citizens waiting in vain for help to arrive from the Continental US.
Like Puerto Rico, Hawaii is a number of islands surrounded by ocean. The average commercial flight from Miami, Florida to San Juan takes about 3 hours. It takes 5 hours for a commercial flight from San Diego, California to Honolulu takes about 5 hours. So, if it has taken so long for FEMA assistance to arrive in San Juan, we in Hawaii should not expect help from the Continental US. In the event of a natural disaster, we should probably expect to be on our own for at least two weeks before help can arrive? Cheryl Crozier Garcia and jay fidell discuss the importance of self-sufficiency for Hawaii residents.
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