CHDS delivers Executive Education Workshop to Hawaiian Islands leadership

Hawaiian Islands regional leadership

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Education Program (EEP) provides a wide range of tailored homeland security educational opportunities designed to help strengthen U.S. capability to prevent, deter, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and public safety threats and to build the intergovernmental, interagency, and civil-military cooperation that homeland security requires. EEP offerings include customized Executive Education Seminars, which provide opportunities to deliver homeland security education in the classroom or on the road.

The Executive Education team recently went on the road and facilitated two workshops for regional leaders in the Hawaiian Islands area. “We delivered 2 back to back executive sessions focusing on post-disaster housing,” explained David Fukutomi, Deputy Associate Director of the CHDS Executive Education Program.

The morning session was focused on Executive leaders for the State of Hawaii and the 4 counties, including Governor David Ige and Mayor Harry Kim of Hawaii County (Big Island) and Mayor Derek Kawakami of Kauai County, Hawaii Emergency Management Administrator Tom Travis, plus managing directors and emergency managers for each county. FEMA Region IX Administrator Bob Fenton helped lead the discussions.

The afternoon session was designed for the Governor’s Cabinet and state agency leaders, led by Tom Travis and Bob Fenton.

The CHDS Executive Education Team also delivered a topic-specific Pacific Executive Leaders Program (PELP) workshop on Post Disaster Housing Planning January 28th-30th in Honolulu, HI, for over 40 attendees representing government agencies from the State of Hawaii, the 4 Hawaii Counties and the 3 US Pacific Territorial governments of Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and American Samoa.

“The PELP is a partnership between CHDS and FEMA. Under the PELP umbrella, CHDS conducts a variety of offerings in collaboration with FEMA Region IX. The collaboration ensures that content is relevant and resources leveraged to support resiliency and capacity building in the Pacific.” Fukutomi added.

The traditional PELP consists of an intensive one-week in-residence session at the University of Hawaii campus in Hilo. The 2020 session is scheduled for the week of March 2nd. PELP offerings are designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participants and do not require the workload of a traditional graduate-level course.

David Fukutomi, Deputy Associate Director of CHDS Executive Education Program, addresses the workshop attendees.

Instruction is a combination of presentations and facilitated discussions between faculty, participants and subject matter experts. Discussions include strategy, policy and organizational design, covering topics such as complex problem solving, resiliency, capacity building, critical infrastructure, border/immigration, threat and hazard identification, collaboration, crisis communications, and emerging homeland security issues. Ideal candidates are located in the Pacific and or have significant responsibilities in the US Pacific jurisdictions.

In addition to topic-specific offerings, such as the post-disaster housing workshop, CHDS delivers nontraditional PELP offerings and provides support to other events in the Pacific, based on priorities established by FEMA and its Pacific partners. Previous offerings have included sessions on port resilience, power restoration, and post-disaster housing plans.

The January PELP workshop addressed the case for developing a post-disaster housing plan, before the next disaster strikes. Participants learned about the difficulties in developing additional housing resources following disaster, how that relates to existing housing shortages and homelessness, public expectations, how to build the planning team, and what resources are available to support them—including presentations and discussions from planners and architects who developed a plan for the City of New York and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).