On July 30th, area legislators joined forces with Pearlridge Center for the 4th annual “Ready to React” Emergency Preparedness Event between 10:00am-2:00pm. Many of the exhibitors and agencies identified the need for increased awareness of thunderstorms, flash floods, downpours that occur with little warning in response to Hurricane Darby’s rain/flash floods and stream overflows between Sunday, July 24th, and Monday, July 25th. I encourage Aiea and Halawa Heights residents to organize their own neighborhood emergency preparedness teams, particularly since the demographics of your two communities reflect a high percentage of senior citizens. During our June National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) training session for those working with seniors or their caregivers, we learned that:•Many elders live alone. They may rely on others for transportation, or depend on informal or informal caregivers for assistance with day-to-day activities.•Nearly 75% of the people who died in the New Orleans area as a result ofHurricane Katrina were age 60 and over, although only 15% of the population ofNew Orleans fell into that age group.Please contact Lisa Shozuya (Lyon Training Program Director) at Lisa.Shozuya@LYON.US.com if you would like information on training sessions in your community
Kicking off this year’s “Ready to React” event with Mayor Caldwell,
Pearlridge Center manager and area legislators.
Additionally, here are some of the highlights from State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Insurance Division from the Ready to React event:
Flood insurance in the United States is available through the federal National Flood Insurance Program. You may purchase a policy directly from the National Flood Insurance Program or insurance companies participating in FEMA’s Write Your Own Program. Private insurers may also provide primary flood coverage in Hawaii.While flood damage is common during a hurricane, most flood damage is not covered by hurricane insurance. Flood insurance applies when water seeps or rushes into a home or structure during a storm.Homes in flood-prone areas are usually required by mortgage lenders to maintain flood insurance. Your home may not be in a flood-prone area, but could potentially face flooding due to the topography of surrounding areas. For more information about the NFIP and flood insurance, call 1-800-4661 or contact your insurance company or agent.
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Contact Department of Emergency Management at 723-8960 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about organizing your own neighborhood preparedness teams. DEM representatives stress that your own emergency kits (such as ‘poop’ buckets and supplies) don’t have to be expensive if you use supplies (plastic trash bags, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, gloves, etc.) you can obtain readily.