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

Progress in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

A Christmas Story

This is the time of year when we tell the story of a baby born in a manager who, as a man, proclaimed nativity-2015-12-19the 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.

KKHARP Hurricane Meeting

We held our last Kaneohe/Kahaluu Hazard Awareness And Response Program on November 24. We’ll skip

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Hurricane Iniki from Space

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”

You can use the internet to become financially resilient.

What does it take to make money online and why would I want to?

Okay so you need money now. Your best approach is probably to get a second job. Developing a business in creating an income from it will take time, patience and a lot of consistent effort.

What are the pros and cons of that new job. Obviously the pros of being able to pay your bills. Because working 12 to 16 hours a day for someone else’s dreams.

In my opinion, a job is for survival and a business of your own can enable you to live the life of your dreams. Keep your job until your business can support you. Then you will have the option of quitting your job or if your job is consistent with your values and carrying you forward toward your goals keep your job and you have double your income.

The reason most people do not start their own business is because they do not have the time and money it needed to start a traditional business. The Internet changes the business paradigm from brick-and-mortar to work-from-anywhere you have an Internet connection in a telephone.

It is no possible to create a business working a few hours a week and having no more expenses than a computer and a telephone. Once you have the equipment there are many ways to make money online.

You can sell other peoples products for a commission. You can sell your own products for profit, or you can join a multilevel marketing company and leverage the Internet to build your downline. A business using this model can be set up for very little cost and almost no monthly overhead.

What do you need to get started? You need a website and you need to know how to promote it.

I created a training module hosted at Wealthy Affiliates to help people understand how to create and promote an effective website. Click here for more information.

Combine this training module with the wealthy affiliate free class on developing and promoting a website and you’ll be well on your way to having an independent income based on your WordPress website.

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Out of water by 2040

By 2020 about 30-40% of the world will have water scarcity.

Why do you think big bottling companies like Coke and Pepsi are buying up water rights around the world?  What happens to our rivers when the glaciers melt and no longer feed summer stream flow?

Is this the future of population control?  The rich can buy bottled water and the poor can die of thirst and water born diseases.

Disturbing study has been conducted with researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark,Vermont Law School and CNA Corporation. The study and analysis has lead researchers to conclude our energy needs and population growth will lead to severe water shortages in the next few decades.  Read more

Provide for your financial resilience now, because in a few years you will be paying a lot more for food and water.  You are going to need a raise.

 

Children Future in our hands.

 Scientists tell us we are entering the age of the sixth mass extinction.  Will that extinction include the human race? It could.  This is not a problem of the far distant future.  My great-grandchildren will face a world far different than the pleasant planet we live in today.

We are not dealing with science fiction.  We are facing science fact.

Billions of people will be displaced by rising seas.  People will fight for scarce water and food.  Rising temperatures will create more tension between people.  Storms and droughts will be more severe.  Ocean acidification will disrupt ocean food chains and destroy the food supply of billions of people.  Famine and disease will ravage the earth.

In the 25 July 2014 issue of Science we are warned:

“We live amid a global wave of anthropogenically driven biodiversity loss: species and population extirpations and, critically, declines in local species abundance. Particularly, human impacts on animal biodiversity are an under-recognized form of global environmental change. Among terrestrial vertebrates, 322 species have become extinct since 1500, and populations of the remaining species show 25% average decline in abundance. Invertebrate patterns are equally dire: 67% of monitored populations show 45% mean abundance decline. Such animal declines will cascade onto ecosystem functioning and human well-being. Much remains unknown about this “Anthropocene defaunation”; these knowledge gaps hinder our capacity to predict and limit defaunation impacts. Clearly, however, defaunation is both a pervasive component of the planet’s sixth mass extinction and also a major driver of global ecological change.”  http://bit.ly/1zqF45Y

Is it any wonder scientists have trouble communicating with the general public.  Translated, that quote means human beings are polluting the earth at a rate that is causing extreme changes in the earth we depend on to survive.  We do not know the full impacts of what we are doing, but we do know they are bad.

Our only hope is for people worldwide to come together with one voice and demand our Governments address the core problems of population growth, unsustainable demand on the resources the earth can provide and the impacts of pollution.  Governments will not take action unless they are forced to do so by their people.  Governments deal with current problems and at best have 5 year plans.

There is a yawning chasm between public opinion and scientific reality.  97 percent of scientific papers on global warming and climate change agree that climate change is caused by human activity.  Less than half the American people believe their is a scientific consensus that climate change is caused by human activity.  http://bit.ly/UIKU2Q.  Unless that perception changes, there will be little public support to curb greenhouse emissions.

We need a plan to care for the earth to the seventh generation.  Individually, we can vote with our wallets against polluting corporations.  We can support legislators who understand the problem and will work to minimize pollution and mitigate the effects of climate change. We can do all we can do to reduce our personal carbon foot print.

Also we must accept the fact we must be prepared to take care of ourselves and our family.

You need the supplies to deal with inevitable disruptions in supply chains.  And, you need the financial resources to deal with the crises in our lives.

Personal resilience requires us to have the knowledge we need to live productive, purposeful lives.  Financial resilience, based on multiple sources of recurring income, makes our personal resilience possible. People who are living pay check to paycheck and struggling to survive can not be resilient.

I donʻt subscribe to the theory that each person must look out for themselves.  Of course, our first responsibility is to our family, but we are also obligated to help each other.

Our hope for the future lies in small groups of people working together to solve local problems and coordinating their efforts globally.  Governments around the world have proven themselves unable to deal with the problem.  Only grass roots efforts can change public opinion and bring pressure on governments to change their ways.