A Dis­as­ter Project Talk

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By JAIMIE KIM

With the weather as un­pre­dictable as ever, gain­ing knowl­edge on the topic of dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness is a good idea.

At 6 p.m. Thurs­day in Room 8 (by the cafe­te­ria) Cas­tle High School will host a Na­tional Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Train­ing Cen­ter pre­sen­ta­tion in con­junc­tion with stu­dent Michael Brandt’s se­nior project.

Brandt orig­i­nally picked avi­a­tion as his topic, but af­ter meet­ing with his men­tor, a Marine Corps cap­tain, he learned about vari­ables that can have an ef­fect on avi­a­tors. “One of those topics was dis­as­ter re­lief, which piqued my in­ter­est as Hawaii had some false alarms con­cern­ing tsunamis that I had wit-

nessed,” he said, so he switched fo­cus.

“I learned a lot about the for­ma­tion of storms and things to do that I had not learned be­fore,” he added. “That is when I de­cided to pur­sue a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter-re­lated topic.”

His de­sire to spread aware­ness stems from a ba­sic be­lief that most peo­ple know they should be tak­ing the proper steps to pre­pare, but they don’t al­ways fol­low through with proper plan­ning. “Although most peo­ple know it is their duty to pre­pare, few do, and that is a big prob­lem,” Brandt said.

The ses­sion will cover what to ex­pect when dis­as­ter strikes, where to go for help, how to pre­pare prop­erly and what you can do to pre­pare now. “They need to re­al­ize it will never be the high­est pri­or­ity un­til the moment that the dis­as­ter strikes,” he ex­plained, “and then it’s too late to pre­pare.”

For those who can­not at­tend, Brandt rec­om­mends con­tact­ing the Red Cross. He also sug­gests that fam­i­lies take time out of their busy sched­ules to cre­ate an emer­gency plan.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to have that ini­tial prepa­ra­tion, be­cause any prepa­ra­tion is bet­ter than noth­ing.”

To re­serve a place, email Brandt at sr­pro­ject­dis­as­ter@gmail.com. Seat­ing is lim­ited.

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