Helping Disaster Victims And Staying Vigilant
effort to help those in need.
I am overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support by the people in Hawaii for the victims and survivors of these tragedies. how we can step up to help those who have faced this heartbreaking devastation. Our hurricane season is not yet over, and the prospect of another earthquake-produced tsunami may be imminent.
Here are some specific steps that you can take in the event of a natural disaster:
If you are on the shoreline and feel the ground shake, go inland or to higher elevations as soon as possible.
If you are in an evacuation zone, leave if ordered to do so to stay safe.
Do not tie up phone lines or cell phones with nonemergency calls.
Keep streets open for emergency responders.
If there is an earthquake, tune into your emergency channel on the radio or television.
Prepare a disaster supplies kit with flashlights, spare batteries, a seven-day supply of food and water, a whistle, first aid kit, special medications, extra glasses and supplies for your baby or pet.
Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to listen to weather alerts.
Visit www.oahudem.org to view the online tsunami map viewer or look at the tsunami inundation maps in the phone book to determine if your home or business is in an evacuation zone.
Do not return to coastal areas until the all-clear has been announced by emer-
Wa‘ahila Ridge State Recreation Area soon will see significant upgrades to its access road, thanks to a large stipend released by the governor in April for improvements to recreation areas and boat harbors on the Big Island and Oahu managed by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Of the $1,275,000 released, Wa‘ahila Ridge is to receive $125,000 to repair the entry access road from Ruth Place to the parking area. The East Oahu park’s road has not been repaved or repaired for more than 25 years.
“Currently we’re working to complete contract execution in late November or early December,” said DLNR public information officer Deborah Ward. “Construction work gency officials.
Our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering from nature’s fury, and our prayers are with them as the relief efforts continue.
Contact Mayor Mufi Hannemann at email@example.com.