HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9:00 am to 2:00 p.m. Be Ready Ma¯noa is co-sponsoring the 2014 Disaster Preparedness Fair at the Manoa Park Gym.
The goals of the fair is to raise awareness of the hazards which face Ma¯noa residents; to be able to sustain ourselves for up to seven days before outside assistance arrives; and, to recover to pre-disaster normality as quickly as possible.
The estimated attendance will be between 1500 to 2000 people, with the potential and desire to learn what needs to be done, how to be prepared and how to meet such challenges. First responders from the city & county, state and federal agencies will be participating, to share firsthand their expertise in handling hazardous situations
All ten area private and public schools have committed to adding our Disaster Blaster Challenge to their curriculum including: Manoa, Noelani and Hokulani Elementary, Stevenson Middle School, UH Lab School, Mid-Pacific Institute, Maryknoll High, St. Frances Grade School, Punahou School. Teachers/students will have the opportunity to participate in a Disaster Blaster Challenge with their families and 'win' a unique string backpack. Day of fair participants will also have this opportunity.
Manoa population is about 25,000, but it swells to about 45,000 individuals with the people who comes to work in Manoa and the students during the schools session. Our extended goal is to create a template for other urban communities in Hawaii, who desire to establish their own disaster preparedness plan and community wide education fair.
Manoa Valley is the first urban community in the State of Hawaii to establish a disaster preparedness plan. Admission is free; there will be parking, food, entertainment, demos, exhibits, free samples, giveaways, and hand-on disaster preparedness activities.
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