Herman Andaya, the head of the Maui Emergency Management Agency, has resigned effective immediately.

The sudden move comes amid an intense investigation and questions as to why the authorities did not activate the all-hazard external warning system, which could have potentially saved lives.

“Today Mayor Richard Bissen accepted the resignation of Herman Andaya, Administrator of the Maui Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Citing health reasons, Andaya tendered his resignation with immediate effect. According on Facebook post.

Mayor Bisen said, “Given the seriousness of the crisis we are facing, my team and I will appoint someone to this important position as soon as possible and I look forward to announcing it soon.”

Gateway Pundit previously reported Maui’s chief of emergency operations, Herman Andaya, had no traditional background in disaster response, an alarming revelation that has raised concerns over his decision-making.

Endaya’s department was responsible for sounding the warning sirens, but these vital alarms remained ominously silent during the firestorm.

In a press conference that has already become infamous, Chief Andaya defended his choice to send alerts through mobile devices, radio waves, television and the county’s opt-in resident alert system, rather than using sirens .

Endaya stressed that sirens are generally reserved for tsunami warnings, and that Hawaiians are trained to seek higher ground when they sound, which, in this dire scenario, could lead them to the flames. go.


“As I mentioned earlier, sirens are mainly used for tsunamis. And that is why there are so many of them. Almost all of them are found on the beach. The public is trained to seek higher ground in case the siren sounds,” claimed Andaya.

“In fact, on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website, firing guidelines are provided. If you are in a low-lying area near the beach, move indoors to higher ground or to the fourth floor or higher of a concrete building. Alerts can also come in the form of wireless emergency alerts,” he said.

“If we had sounded the siren that night, we are afraid that people would have committed the crime [toward the mountains], And if it were so, they would have gone into the fire.”

“I should also note that there are no sirens on the spot, or side of the mountain, where the fire was spreading. So even if we had sounded the siren, we would not have been able to save those people on the mountain,” he added.

The press did not shy away from asking whether Andaya would consider delegating further responsibility to others. In response, he categorically rejected the notion that he had no experience prior to assuming his current role.

He pointed to his employment history as an employee in the Department of Housing and in the mayor’s cabinet, during which time he reported to emergency operations centers.

Endaya said, “To say that I am not worthy, I think is wrong.”

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