Help­ing Dis­as­ter Vic­tims And Stay­ing Vig­i­lant

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - MOVING FORWARD -

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 mayor@honolulu.gov.

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