On Saturday, July 30th, the annual “Ready 2 React” forum will be held at Pearlridge Shopping Center to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness, and to give interested residents a wide range of services, products/batteries and other equipment to help mobilize their own emergency kits. City, state, federal, and other disaster preparedness organizations will participate to offer advice and information to prepare participants for disaster conditions.
My staff and I also sponsored a Disaster Preparedness Training for Senior Citizens and Caregivers at Moanalua Middle School this past June. Lyon Associates trainers conducted the free 4-hour training and workshop in conjunction with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to prepare Hawaii residents for emergency conditions.Although Aiea/Halawa Heights residents may not need to worry about hurricanes or tsunami conditions affecting their homes directly, any natural disaster is likely to include heavy winds and rains, potential flooding of streams or roadways in their vicinity, the likelihood of flying debris and power outages.Since the Aiea/Halawa Heights community has a relatively high percentage of kupuna(22-28% for Aiea, 34% for Pearl City), the training provided in these classes is particularly beneficial in communities with large numbers of elderly or non-mobile residents. As pointed out by NDPTC trainers Fred Hyun and Lisa Shozuya, individual residents and neighbors may not on hand to assist their elderly relatives or neighbors in evacuation or disaster preparedness when disasters occur; as such, discussions of disaster plans with families and neighbors well in advance of a natural disaster is critical. If you and other residents on your block or subdivision would like more information on scheduling a training session, please contact Lisa Shozuya of Lyon Associates at 536-6621 or via email at lisa.shozuya@LYON.US.com.