- Wednesday May 29th, 2013 :: 01:59 p.m. HST
DEM seeking volunteers for hurricane shelter exercise this Saturday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Department of Emergency Management
City and County of Honolulu
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Department of Emergency Management seeking volunteers for hurricane shelter exercise this Saturday
The City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and Department of Parks and Recreation, American Red Cross, Project 52, and the Hawaii State Department of Education are seeking volunteers to play the role of evacuees at the upcoming Makani Pahili Statewide Hurricane Exercise.
Volunteers will participate in the shelter process including registration and other sheltering activities.
DEM is seeking up to 50 volunteers to participate in the exercise at each of the three locations on Oahu.
“Volunteers are critical to test our sheltering process and make the experience a realistic exercise for responders, Red Cross volunteers and others,” said Hiro Toiya, Training Officer for the Department of Emergency Management.
Volunteers should be 18-years old or older. Those under 18 must have a parent or authorized guardian with them at the exercise.
Volunteers are needed at the following sites:
Saturday, June 1, 2013
9:00am to 11:30am
Halawa District Park: 99-795 Iwaiwa St, Aiea, HI 96701
Waialua High and Intermediate School: 67-160 Farrington Highway Waialua, HI 96791
8:30am to 11:30am
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School: 89-980 Nanakuli Ave, Waianae, HI 96792
Pre-registration is not necessary. Volunteers are asked to report directly to the sites.
This is also an excellent opportunity to practice your family evacuation plans by coming to one of these shelter locations. Don’t forget to bring your family disaster supplies kit. In a real emergency, hurricane shelters will have very minimal supplies. Experts will be on hand to review your kits and provide feedback.
For a complete listing of what should be in your family disaster supplies kit, visit www.getreadyhawaii.org . Be sure to take into account Hawaii’s isolation. The Department of Emergency Management recommends having at least 7-days worth of disaster supplies.
For more information contact the Department of Emergency Management at 808-723-8960.
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Honolulu Department of Emergency Management
650 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813