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.

KKHARP Hurricane Meeting

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

Hurricane Iniki
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”

Cross-Island Community-Based Resilience Network Initiatives

This organization is coordinating the work of emergency preparedness/community resilience groups across Oahu.

Areas in need of further cross-collaboration and brainstorming by our Network:

1. Human Resources:
• Challenges with identification and recruitment/retention volunteers and leadership
• More voluntary recruitment of those people that are more readily available (e.g. Retirees)
• Make use of organizations that have leadership/structure/resources to be applied. Who are those more effective organizations specific to the areas

2. Financing:
• Non-profit sponsorship and/or alliances is key to access resources
• Get access to district funds for resources (work with City Council Members)

3. Networking:
• Make a Master List of a community group’s potential types of connections with partners

4. Resources:
• How to help a new group setting up a new disaster plan (Share plans, data, templates, etc. with other groups)
• what resources we can leverage including trainings, etc., council members (like EMP’s could help with education through their community service requirements)
• Provide awareness of web resources – ex. – DEM can list resources on their website for communities.
• Use latest tools – ex. – www.recovers.org, ESRI disaster maps, Google crisis maps – http://google.org/crisismap/weather_and_events Get ready app
• Building get ready hawaii app for preparedness
• Awareness of training, education and other resources, especially through NDPTC.
• Get access to district funds for resources (work with City Council Members)
• Emergency management professionals of Hawaii (CEM/AEM) membership
• DEM website, FEMA, CCH, Civil Defense
• Phonebook – front pages on info
• CCH Evacuation office – have a community page – they will host plans & information
• Get Ready Hawaii app (CCH working with the State)
• Emergency Management Professionals of Hawaii – get certified includes 20-30mins on emergency management. Leverage education/training opportunities