We have all seen pictures of the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. A month after the storm 80% of the island is without power and people are drinking from streams. Banking is unavailable to most people and fuel is in critically short supply. People are still struggling to survive.
It is only a matter of time till a similar storm hits Oahu. Oahu is 3 times as far from resupply as Puerto Rico. Oahu is surrounded by deep, deep, deep ocean. The advice to leave our island is not going to work any better here than it did in Puerto Rico.
You cannot depend on Government help. Our Government will be overwhelmed trying to get our basic infrastructure repaired.
Are you prepared to live completely off the grid with no access to grocery stores, banks, gas stations and without electricity and no water? If you have health issues do you have a backup supply of medicine, oxygen, and whatever else you need to live? How will you handle your human waste and other sanitation problems?
How well you can prepare depends on your income. The poorest amongst us will be hit the hardest.
Our community can do a lot to prepare for the next big storm:
- We are forming a non-profit corporation whose mission will be to provide support to Windward emergency preparedness projects.
- We need to inventory buildings in our community that can serve as post-storm shelters for people who have lost their homes.
- We need an inventory of heavy equipment that can be mobilized to help clear roads.
- We need to know what restaurants can prepare meals without electricity.
- We need to know who in our community needs special medical services.
- We need CERT trained teams that can help in neighborhood recovery
- We need a way for CERT Teams to communicate with Dept of Emergency Management.
There is a lot of work to do to make Koolaupoko a truely resilient community. Do you want to help? Fill out the form below to join us and get your free go-kit checklist.
I received the following fact sheet (FAQ) from the Office of Emergency Management. It talks about what you can do to survive a nuclear attack.
Part of emergency response training is to understand the risk of something happening and how much damage will result from it happening. We have all seen on the news what Harvey, Irma and Marie have done in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. The probability of that happening in Hawaii in our lifetimes is high. You should plan on our older, single wall homes being destroyed or seriously damaged by a Category 3 hurricane. You will be on your own without power, water, drugstores, gas stations or banks for a week or more. Marine transportation may be seriously disrupted for months.
A nuclear attack is survivable if you are far enough away from the blast and take cover from radioactive fallout. From warning to explosion, you will have no more than 15 minutes to find shelter. Radiation from a nuclear explosion decays rapidly. You may have to stay in a safe room, sealed against fallout, for from several days to a month. Have a hand crank emergency radio so you can stay informed and know when it is safe to leave your safe room.
Each of us will evaluate our risk and what we should do about it differently. If you have the money, rich people may build fallout shelters as they did in the 60s. This could be an appropriately designed room in a basement or even a part of your home dug into the side of a hill.
The idea is to help your family survive a natural or man-made disaster as comfortably as your budget allows. At least have a supply of food, water, medicine and camping equipment to be self-sufficient for two weeks. How you evaluate the risk of something happening and how bad you expect the damage to be will determine how you prepare.
HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT of DEFENSE
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS with ANSWERS
BALLISTIC MISSILE PREPAREDNESS
Revised: 08 AUG 2017.5
1. Q: Why now? Has the North Korea missile threat increased so much recently that you were urged to begin preparations for an attack?
A: Preparations for the North Korea missile and nuclear threat began in late 2016 when this assessment suggested early preparations should be initiated. Hawaii has maintained plans to cope with missile testing since 2009. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) conducts a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) every year. This process examines potential hazards and threats to the State of Hawaii including natural (hurricane, tsunami), technological (cyberterrorism) and man-made (acts of terrorism) hazards.
2. Q: I have heard that planning for a nuclear attack from North Korea is futile given most of the population will be killed or critically injured. Is that true?
A: No. Current estimates of human casualties based on the size (yield) of North Korean nuclear weapon technology strongly suggests an explosion less than 8 miles in diameter. More than 90% of the population would survive the direct effects of such an explosion. Planning and preparedness are essential to protect those survivors from delayed residual radiation (fallout) and other effects of the attack such as the loss of utilities and communication systems, structural fires, etc.
3. Q: How will the public learn of a possible missile launch from North Korea?
A: Approximately 5 minutes into the launch sequence, the U.S. Pacific Command will notify the Hawaii State Warning Point (SWP) that a missile is en route from North Korea. The SWP is staffed on a 24-hour, 7 day-a-week basis by skilled emergency management professionals.
Upon receipt of the notification, the SWP will activate the ‘Attack-Warning’ signal on all outdoor sirens statewide (wailing sound) and transmit a warning advisory on radio, television and cellular telephones within 2 minutes.
4. Q: What should Hawaii residents and visitors do when they hear the ‘Attack-Warning’ siren signal?
A: All residents and visitors must immediately seek shelter in a building or other substantial structure. Once the sirens sound, residents and visitors will have less than 12 to 15 minutes before missile impact.
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5. Q: Was the recent public messaging recommending that each individual/family maintain a 14-day survival kit made because of the North Korea threat?
A: No. The 14-day recommendation was made following an intensive analysis suggesting that Hawaii could experience a major disruption to maritime transportation (shipping and ports) in the event of a major hurricane. This recommendation does however complement the potential need for 14 days of sheltering following a nuclear attack.
6. Q: When will schools begin nuclear drills?
A: Schools are not expected to conduct drills specific to a nuclear attack. Existing drills known as ‘Shelter-in-Place’ drills serve the same purpose. These drills are regularly conducted at all schools statewide and are considered more than adequate in terms of protecting students and staff.
7. Q: When will the new ‘Attack-Warning’ siren signal be available and how will it be tested?
A: The new (second) ‘Attack-Warning’ siren signal (wailing sound) will be available for use beginning in November 2017 or later. The signal will be tested on the first working day of every month thereafter together with the existing ‘Attention-Alert’ signal (steady sound) used for other emergencies.
8. Q: Are there public shelters (blast or fallout) designated in our communities?
A: No. There are currently no designated shelters in the State of Hawaii at this time. The short warning time (12 to 15 minutes) would not allow for residents or visitors to locate such a shelter in advance of missile impact.
9. Q: How long will residents and visitors need to remain sheltered following a nuclear detonation?
A: In most cases, only until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency has assessed residual radiation and fallout. This could be as little as a few hours or as long as 14 days.
10. Q: What is fallout?
A: Debris including soil, fragments of destroyed buildings and other material will be drawn into the cloud of a nuclear detonation and propelled into the sky. This debris will begin to settle back to earth within hours. This debris includes residual radiation that poses a significant health risk to humans and animals.
11. Q: How can I tell if nuclear radiation is present?
A: Nuclear radiation cannot be perceived by the human senses (sight, smell, etc.). Specialized instruments are needed to detect its presence and intensity. Those instruments are available for use by public safety agencies across the State of Hawaii.
12. Q: How long will nuclear radiation persist after a nuclear detonation?
A: Radiation from nuclear detonation in the form of fallout decays very rapidly. Days to
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weeks in most situations.
13. Q: Are the neighbor island safe?
A: We do not know. North Korean missile technology may not be adequately advanced to accurately target a specific island or location. Although most analysts believe the desired target will be Oahu given the concentration of military and government facilities, a missile may stray and impact the open ocean or even a neighbor island. All areas of the State of Hawaii
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Preparedness starts with you.
For information about Windward Oahu Community Preparedness contact Bill Sager at 375-1114 or email@example.com
Join us. Be sure you are ready and help our community prepare.
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Studies in England have shown that reducing brain inflammation can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. The next step is to develop a drug that can be administered to stop the AD. That will take time.
In the mean time a diet that includes the following foods can help reduce inflamation: They include ten brain-healthy food groups, but you don’t need to eat each daily.
Every day: □ Whole grains (three or more servings) □ Leafy greens (one serving) □ Other veggies (one or more servings) □ Glass of wine (opt for red)
Most days: □ Nuts (like almonds and walnuts) □ Olive oil (as main cooking oil)
Every other day: □ Beans
Twice a week or more: □ Blueberries or strawberries □ Poultry
At least once a week: □ Fish
Limit these foods: Butter (less than one tablespoon per day) Fast food and fried food (less than one serving per week) Full-fat cheese (less than one serving per week) Red meat (less than four times per week) Pastries and sweets (less than five servings per week)
It is basically the diet recommended by the Blue Zone Project.
This is the time of year when we tell the story of a baby born in a manager who, as a man, proclaimed the God among us, within us and beyond us. It is a story that tends to get lost in the hoopla of buying stuff and of decoration.
In a world racked by conflict and stressed by climate change and mass extinction will the Christmas message of hope and transformation be sufficient for our world’s profound need? In a world shaped by materialism is it any wonder that the world is cursed with exploitation and devastating poverty. Our world is the story of distorted meanings and shallow purpose which is at the heart of the ecological and social justice crises surrounding us.
Hawaiians have a word, pono, that to me embodies the meaning of Christmas. To be pono means we must live in harmony with each other and with the world around us. It means we must do the right thing. Pono is about living a righteous life in harmony with all living earth.
We live in a world caught up in confusion and distortions and lies. Many of our leaders promote a world where wealth and power overwhelm love and community, a world where ownership replaces stewardship, a world where shallow religion excuses corruption and greed. Only when we reject this gospel of hate can we hope to live in a pono world. Intervention is necessary.
We must tell the true message of Christmas. God is with us when we understand His creation. The very survival of our grandchildren requires us to live pono in harmony with each other and with the world around us.
The Christmas story is one of great good news when we tell it in the context of overcoming oppression and exploitation, of renew community and establishing pono relationships. But it is up to us to make it happen. It will only happen when we work together to solve local, regional and global problems.
But that Christmas story — that transformational, liberating, joyous story — needs to be explicit. In a world seduced by wealth and power, a world where the “other” is feared or used, where individualism smothers community — in our world, the Christmas story loses meaning if we don’t push the challenging message of our need to live pono.
The Christmas story can be lost in commercialization.
We and the earth are at a cross roads. We can choose to pursue money and power at the expense of others, or we can choose to live pono on a sustainable earth with dignity and respect for all living things. The true Christmas message is one of Peace on Earth and Goodwill to men. Nono pono.
We held our last Kaneohe/Kahaluu Hazard Awareness And Response Program on November 24. We’ll skip
December and the next class will be on January 26 at the LDS church near King school.
Tony Reynes, meteorologist at the Pacific Hurricane Center, discussed severe weather and specifically how tropical storms can impact Hawaii. His responsibility is to provide timely warnings of approaching severe weather. Information is provided the public through television and through the NOAA weather radio system. He strongly recommended that everyone purchase a weather radio that can be charged by both the sun and by cranking.
It’s important to everyone know the difference between a hurricane watch in a hurricane warning. A watch indicates that severe weather can impact the islands within 24 to 36 hours. Everyone should have at least seven days supplies needed to be independent of any store. When you hear a severe storm warning check your supplies and make sure your go-kit is ready to take with you in case you need to evacuate. Continue reading “KKHARP Hurricane Meeting”