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May 31, 2016
at 6:00 p.m

Wainaku gym meeting room

Council Member Valerie Poindexter would like to give an update on past projects and future projects within the community. We would also like to hear your concerns and give input on other areas within our community that needs attention.

We look forward to seeing you all there. Mahalo!

Lenny Castillo
Council Aide to Council Member Valerie Poindexter
25 Aupuni St
Hilo HI, 96720
(808) 961-8018
John Lawler
President WKCA

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Feb 29 Mid Legis & Medical Marijuana Grow Site talk story

RSHCA will be hosting a General Membership meeting:
MON   FEB  29      6 pm – 8 pm  Kulaimano Center in Pepe`ekeo

Talk Story with:
Community Police Officer
State Rep Mark Nakashima
Lau Ola, Inc., an applicant for Hawaii Island Medical Marijuana Grow Site License

Come to be informed and share your mana`o.
Refreshments will be provided.

A hui hou,

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Community Emergency Response Team. Sept. CLASS SCHEDULE

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The following dates have been scheduled for Basic CERT Training in Hilo:

  1. Saturday, Sept 6 – 08:30-4:00
  2. Saturday, Sept 13 – 08:30-4:00
  3. Saturday, Sept 20 – 08:30-4:00
  4. Saturday, Sept 27 – 08:30-4:00

The class may end sooner than 4:00 hrs but these are the class hours. The class is open to the public and we would like to use this opportunity to promote it to the residents of the Wainaku-Kawiki area.

Please RSVP on Facebook

Location:  920 Ululani St, Hilo, Hawaii 96720 @ Hilo Aupuni Center

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CERT training provides you with the knowledge and skills to prepare for and properly respond to an emergency impacting yourself, your family, and/or your community.

When disaster strikes your area, will you know what to do? CERT will help you prepare for the expected.

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CERT Training is comprehensive. The course is presented over a 24-hour course through the following modules;

#1 Emergency Preparedness Hazard & Risk. Hazard Mitigation.

#2 Fire Fire chemistry, hazardous materials, “Sizing up”, safety, suppression.

#3 Emergency Medical-Part I Recognizing and treating life threatening conditions, triage.

#4 Emergency Medical-Part II Disaster medical operations, head-to-toe assessment; first aid and medical treatment, public health considerations.

#5 Light Search and Rescue Ops Planning; sizing-up, conducting search & rescue; cribbing techniques.

#6 CERT Organization Decision-making; documentation; tabletop exercise.

#7 Disaster Psychology Team well-being, working with survivors.

#8 Terrorism and CERT Defining and identifying terrorism, CBRNE indicators.

Final Exam Course Review and Disaster Simulation

How does CERT benefit your community?

Those individuals that complete CERT training gain a clear understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace, and community and more importantly know what steps need to be taken to properly respond to an emergency to lessen the effects to life and property caused by hazards.

Responding to a major disasters could overwhelm local response capabilities. Applying CERT knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and reinforced through hands-on drills and exercise will enable individuals and communities to address immediate needs until professional responders arrive. When help does arrive, CERTs support responder efforts by providing timely and important information to responders. CERTs also support and work on non-emergency projects that help improve emergency preparedness in their community or support volunteer activities at major events.

Why is CERT Important?

CERT training promotes partnering between emergency response agencies and the communities they serve. As resources are limited, building Community Resilience is the key to effective response and quicker recovery. As Hawai’i is the most isolated populated island chain in the world, as 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones are found on Hawaii Island, and as Hawai’i County is #1 out of the 3,140 counties in the USA for the potential to be impacted by hazards, you need to be prepared.

Partnering with emergency response agencies and your community through the CERT Program will help build Community Resilience.

More on CERT

After completing CERT training, you find your newly acquired knowledge and skills useful for yourself and your family; should the need arise. What’s more, you may want to form or join an existing CERTeam in your community. For more information on forming or joining a CERTeam, please ask your CERT instructor.

CERTeam members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and other organized activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by Hawaii County Civil Defense and supporting organizations to further their knowledge and skills. Finally, CERT members can volunteer and participate in projects that improve their community.

  • When disaster strikes your area, you will know what to do through CERT.
  • Here’s what you can do now!
  • Check your smoke alarms. Replace old batteries and any alarm over 10 years old.
  • Know where your local fire department, police station, and hospital are located.
  • Have a list of emergency numbers near or inputted in your telephone.
  • Develop a Family Emergency Plan that includes your needs and pets. Exercise your plan (fire drill, evacuation drill, smoke detector test, check first aid kit, etc.)
  • Have at least 2 ABC-type fire extinguishers in your home. Shake fire extinguishers once a month to keep powder from clumping up in bottom
  • Learn how to safely turn off your gas, electricity, and water. NOTE: Gas must be turned on by a qualified professional
  • Know where your family will meet if a disaster occurs.
  • Know where your emergency evacuation shelter is located.
  • Prepare by having at least 10 days of food, water, and disaster supplies ready; including special needs and pet care items.
  • Check the expiration dates of all your over- the-counter and prescription medications.
  • For earthquake damage prevention, secure top heavy and tall household items such as water boiler and TVs to the wall or floor.
  • Move cleaning and other dangerous products out of reach of children.
  • Visit with your neighbors and discuss how you would handle a disaster in your area.
  • Talk with neighbors that may have special needs and look to help them

For more information on a CERT Program, visit https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/

Or contact Toni Robert, CERT Coordinator at 808-937-2183, or call the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency at (808) 935-0032 for more information on the CERT Program and CERT training.

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Community Meeting “Active Shooter” Presentation in Hilo on June 23

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will make an “active shooter” presentation during an evening community meeting in Hilo next month.

The meeting will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 23 at Auntie Sally’s Luʻau Hale at 799 Piʻilani Street.

The first portion of the meeting will allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in East Hawaiʻi. This meeting, similar to district community meetings that have been rotated throughout the island’s eight police districts during the day, will allow attendance by citizens who cannot get away during the daytime.

The second portion of the meeting will be an awareness presentation to help individuals increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent situation. The presentation will provide information on previous incidents of mass violence, recent events, best practices for those caught in such a situation, understanding law enforcement’s response, and how to work together as a community to prevent these critical events from happening. It will also provide additional resources for participants so they may continue their education on this topic, followed by a question-and answer segment.

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Community Emergency Response Training CERT coming up in July

CERT in our Neighborhood?

The Hawaii County Resource Center offers free CERT Training (Community Emergency Response Team) to neighborhoods who want to form a team who will participate in a training program that trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood following an event when professional responders (such as the Fire and Police Dept’s) are not immediately available to help. A trained CERT team will provide services that will:

  • Increase their neighborhood’s disaster readiness
  • Assess damage after a disaster
  • Extinguish small fires and teach fire safety
  • Perform basic rescue operations and provide 1st aid

If you are interested or know of someone who is, please fill out this form and I will update you with the details as they come up.

John Lawler

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Hawaii Police Dept Community Meeting

Date:      May 22, Thursday
Time:     12 – 2 p.m.
Place:    Police Station
Hawaiʻi Police Department
South Hilo Patrol
Captain Richard Sherlock
Phone: 961-2214
The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Thursday, May 22, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Hilo police station.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Hilo District.The Hilo event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the South Hilo District.

The meeting will take place in the Building A Training Room. Attendees should park at the Kapiʻolani Street entrance, go down the stairs below driver’s licensing and follow the signs to “Community Meeting.”

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Sherlock at 961-2214. For full details,

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