AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Marc Arakaki
The message is to be "Ready 2 React."
Department of Emergency Management teamed up with over 25 City, State, Federal and other agencies to host an emergency preparedness event for the public at Pearlridge Center Saturday.
"We can literally reach tens of thousands of residents with a unified message of be prepared, have a plan, get a kit, and think about how you're going to get through the next disaster," Department of Emergency Management Public Information Officer John Cummings III said.
One of the agencies on hand was the Honolulu Fire Department. They displayed one of their trucks and other tools so the keiki could get a firsthand look at what they do.
"Since we're located next to Toys R' Us, I think the parents are coming by…which is a good thing," HFD Capt. Carl Chagami said. We really want to reach the kids and let them know what's out there for them."
And one of those kids who got to sit in the driver's seat was six year old Luke Moniz.
"It was cool," Moniz said.
THE CITY'S MESSAGE
Cummings emphasized the difficulties in living on an island.
"If we get a direct hurricane hit, it could be days to weeks before we see assistance coming from the mainland or outside of Hawaii," Cummings said. "We have to be prepared to take care of ourselves and our families for at least seven days after a major disaster like a hurricane or tsunami happens."
Since 2010, Hawaii has had three tsunami warnings and evacuations and Cummings feels that influenced residents to be more aware of the importance to get prepared.
"Now they're asking the questions…'how can we help ourselves and help our families?'" Cummings said. "And that's the key to these events."
And spreading the Honolulu Fire Department's message is what Chagami hopes to get out of these events.
"Anything we can do to show people what we have so they be aware in case they have an emergency they can call the right emergency response vehicle," Chagami said.