"Get Ready Ewa Beach" Emergency Preparedness Fair

(HawaiiNewsNow) - As part of September's National Preparedness Month, the Ewa Emergency Preparedness Committee (Ewa EPC), an organization of local residents with extensive preparedness experience, will host a "Get Ready Ewa Beach" Emergency Preparedness Fair.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 24th, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Ewa Makai Middle School in Ewa Beach.  It will focus on tsunami and hurricane preparedness, how to create a family plan, supply kits, evacuations, health emergencies and insurance.

Ewa EPC formed following the mass power outage and tsunami warning in March when it became clear that the community was not ready for moderate- to large-scale disasters. The day following the power outage, State Representative Kymberly Pine (Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point, Puuloa) and her staff started to bring community leaders together to address weaknesses she witnessed in community readiness.

"Recent emergencies helped us to realize that our community is not prepared for these kinds of disasters," said Rep. Pine.  "Our goal is to be a self-sufficient, disaster-ready community.  Residents have really stepped up to accomplish this by putting on this event."

Experts from the Department of Emergency Management, State Civil Defense, FEMA, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, the scientific community, private businesses and dozens of community organizations will host informational booths, seminars and hands-on training sessions for residents to prepare for the next impending manmade or natural disaster.

The family-friendly fair will be open to all ages and include fun activities for children as well as preparedness information specifically geared toward older residents.

"This event is intended to jumpstart a long-term plan to inspire every Ewa Beach resident to get prepared," said Donald Harlor, Chair of Ewa EPC. "It will take more than one day to achieve that goal, but this event will be jam-packed with tools to get our neighbors started.  It is designed for busy families who want a plan, but might not feel that they have the time or know-how to create one on their own."

For more details or to inquire about hosting a booth, call Donald Harlor at 683-3388.

"Get Ready Ewa Beach" Emergency Preparedness Fair
Saturday, September 24
9:00am to 3:00pm
Ewa Makai Middle School
91-6291 Kapolei Parkway, Ewa Beach