HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — The state has partnered with the Hawaii Foodservice Alliance to launch the first-ever disaster recovery module to keep food stocked in case of an emergency.
Officials said the “pre-hedge pod” can hold around 135,000 meals for vulnerable communities in the event of a natural disaster closing ports.
The insulated storage container, in which food can be stored for up to 25 years, will be able to feed residents while supply chains are restored.
“It gives us a very long lifespan. If you don’t have to use it, we don’t have to keep paying for restocking,” said Jennifer Walter of the Honolulu Emergency Management Department.
“So the most important thing is that it’s in place before something happens and we’re not waiting days or weeks for those resources to arrive.”
The Hawaii Foodservice Alliance announced plans to donate the first pre-cover capsule to the community of Waianae, where it will be serviced by the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
The company said it hopes the capsule will be one of many placed at various locations around the state.
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