How Prepared Are You?

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All our single wall homes will be rendered unlivable in a Category 3 hurricane. Do you have friends whose home will survive and who you can live with? I don’t and I’m going to have to have shelter till my home can be rebuilt. Do you have a tent or other shelter your family can live in for an extended time?

In Hawaii, we live with a risk of hurricanes, earthquake, and in some areas tsunamis, wildfires, flash floods, and lava flows.  Of course, man-made disasters have to be considered. Oahu is a prime target for a nuclear attack. It is also a soft target for terrorists.

When you evaluate risk you need to look at how bad the damage will be and how likely the event is to occur. Then you need to decide what you want to do about it.  

The better prepared we are the faster and more comfortably we can respond. If we have a work from anywhere income that will continue whether we work or not we can recover quickly. If we depend on a single job and that business is destroyed we will be in trouble. Our resilience, our ability to recover from any disaster, depends on our personal preparedness, the resilience of our income and how prepared our community is to repair the damage to our community infrastructure. 

DO NOT DEPEND ON GOVERNMENT HELP. Your Government will be overwhelmed with infrastructure repair. The will be concentrating on repairing our harbors and airports and making major roads passable. The Red Cross will open as many shelters as they have volunteers to manage but there is an extreme shortage of shelters. Reinforced concrete structures provide safe shelter. If your home is safe as a shelter, plan to shelter in place or with friends.

Know what to do to protect yourself and your family. Take Citizens Emergency Preparedness Training (CERT) offered by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management or on Neighbor Island by your County Fire Department. Then team up with your community preparedness committee so you will be prepared to help your neighbors once your family is safe.

Hurricane Season started June 1

 Be prepared with the supplies you need to survive without going to a store or a bank for a month.

There is a critical shortage of trained Red Cross shelter managers. How many shelters the Red Cross can open depends on how many trained shelter managers they have. Being a shelter manager assures you that you and your family will have space in a shelter.

The Red Cross has identified shelters for about 30,000 people. Those shelters will fill fast. If you live in a single wall home, ask friends who live in a concrete reinforced building if you can shelter with them. If you work in a strong structure ask the boss if you and your family can shelter at work. You will be available to help clean up after the storm.

The Red Cross is conducting shelter training.

THESE CLASSES ARE FOR YOU!!!

Next week Saturday, June 10, is your chance to get prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. American Red Cross and Disney Prepare Students for Disasters
These classes are extremely important for shelter volunteers, and anyone who wants to know what really goes on in a shelter.

SHELTER OPERATIONS SIMULATION – June 10 – 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Food provided at this “HANDS ON” skills based simulation.Participants work in teams that rotate through three skills stations based upon the four phases of sheltering- resourcing,opening,operating,and closing the shelter.
YOU MUST TAKE SHELTER FUNDAMENTALS ONLINE PRIOR TO ATTENDING THIS COURSE.

HAWAII SPECIFIC SHELTER ISSUES WORKSHOP – June 10 – 1 – 5 p.m. Food provided
Focuses on:
1.HAWAII SPECIFIC hurricane/tropical storm shelter topics including warning phases,space allocations,operations cycle,client situations,and hurricane shelter survey document.
2.Opening/closing Shelter Factors – considerations,coordination factors/concerns,staffing process,and shift issues including partners.
3.Process of manager notification through operating the shelter, and key manager requirements.

These classes will only be offered this year on June 10 or July 22, but I encourage you to take them now,rather than waiting. After all, if a hurricane strikes, Red Cross will need to be providing actual shelter, not shelter classes.

TO REGISTER:
Log in to Volunteer Connection https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/
Go to “My Shifts”
Click on Disaster Cycle Services Training Oahu
Click the register button to the far right,next to the classes you wish to attend.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Jeannine
Training Coordinator
toper1@msn.com

Preparedness starts with you.
For information about Windward Oahu Community Preparedness contact Bill Sager at 375-1114 or bsager42@gmail.com