Target: Melvin N. Kaku, Director of the Department of Emergency Management
Goal: Applaud city for promoting the importance of disaster preparedness
Residents of Hawaii know that one of the major difficulties of living on an island is isolation from outside resources. This makes it difficult for aid to reach the state if there is a natural disaster or other type of emergency. Public Information Officer for the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), John Cummings III, explained that if Hawaii were to be directly hit by a hurricane, “…it could be days to weeks before we see assistance coming from the mainland or outside of Hawaii.” This is why it is so important for residents to be prepared for disaster situations. The City of Honolulu recently held an emergency preparedness event in order to stress how important it is that residents be ready for these situations, as well as educated on how to react.
The DEM partnered with over twenty-five City, State, Federal, and private agencies to develop and host the preparedness event at Pearlridge Center. The event’s theme, “Ready 2 React,” featured interactive activities for both parents and children. A main attraction was the fire truck and tools display. The goal of the event was to educate the public about preparedness, while creating a fun environment for all ages. It is especially important for children to learn how to react to disasters at a young age. Not only will they be more likely to remain calm if a situation arises, but they will likely continue these good practices into adulthood.
In recent years, natural disaster-related warnings have increased, especially tsunami warnings and evacuations. This increase demonstrates how important it is for residents to “…be prepared, have a plan, get a kit, and think about how you’re going to get through the next disaster,” says Cummings.
By providing information to the public in a fun and educational manner, the DEM shows a commitment to the safety of the people of Hawaii. By signing the petition below, you will applaud the city on its dedication.
Dear Melvin N. Kaku,
Residents of Hawaii know that one of the major difficulties to living on an island is the lack of outside resources available. If a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, were to hit the state, it could take days, or even weeks, before aid from the mainland would reach those in need. The city’s recent “Ready 2 React” preparedness event was an innovative way to educate both children and adults about the steps that need to be taken in order to be adequately prepared for the aftermath of a disaster.
By reaching out and forming partnerships with other agencies, the DEM was able to create both an educational and fun event. It is especially important to inform children of what to do in emergencies, as they will likely continue these practices into adulthood. By creating and hosting this event, the DEM has shown its commitment to the safety of the people of Hawaii. We would like to applaud your dedication.
[Your Name Here]
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