Tsunami threat puts emergency plan in motion for Hawaiian resort

Resort hotel alerted guests, moved them to higher rooms


March 1, 2010 -- For the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort in Hawaii, this weekend's warning of a tsunami strike put their emergency plan in place. In a report from the New York Times (see original article), the sales and marketing officer for that hotel-resort noted that they used loudspeakers and direct-at-the-door contact via notes to advise guests that lower floors were being evacuated.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort said it moved its residents to floors 5 and 6, rather than sending them to higher ground inland on the island.

Here's what their sales and marketing director Katy Britzmann had to say about the emergency process for the resort:

"We evacuated our guests to the 5th and 6th floors and put notes on their doors and used loudspeakers to provide them with evacuation procedures,” Ms. Britzmann said. “We are certainly pleased that nothing happened, but it was a great exercise for us to test our readiness."

Fortunately the tsunami threat was mostly a non-issue in the Hawaiian islands. Early warning systems for the threat of a tsunami sprung from a significant earthquake that devastated Chile on Saturday, Feb. 27.