midweekThinking Different by Representative Andria Tupola

With Hawaii’s hurricane season here now, it is of utmost importance that communities open up lines of communication to each other to build an emergency plan together.

We can’t predict natural disasters, but we can proactively prepare our homes and communities.

In June 2013, I attended my first evacuation drill at Nanakuli High School and was inspired to organize a subsequent drill and fair.

I envisioned a drill at Nanakuli High School, which currently is the only designated emergency shelter for the Waianae coast, combined with a fair involving first responders and community groups to disseminate information on emergency access roads, food storage, water purification and 72-hour kits.

Lines of communication have been opened between first responders, and the conversation has opened up about the need for a secondary access road into the Waianae Coast.

My office will host an Emergency Preparedness Fair and Drill from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 at Nanakuli High School.

We will have informational booths and live evacuation drills, and all the emergency access roads will be opened!

I am working with the Navy and HPD to arrange for the community to familiarize itself with the access roads and simulate a scenario to prepare for the opening of access roads.

This is an opportunity for individuals and families to really experience what it would be like if there was a need to use the access roads, if they had to evacuate their homes to a shelter, or if they had to remain in their homes and use food storage to survive.

Come check it out! There
will be food vendors, entertainment, prizes and much more.

Most importantly, you will learn about being prepared!

Headshot Andria TupolaContact state Rep. Andria Tupola, R-District 43 (EwaVillages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili) at 586-8465 or reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov.

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