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Disaster Preparedness 101

A pencil resting on a piece of paper that says Emergency Checklist

Disaster can strike at any time, so it pays to be prepared. This goes doubly when you’re living on an island, like at the military housing in Hawaii, and you’re also subject to the unique potential threats that can come from the sea or volcanic activity. Thankfully, this is something we all prepare for, and a topic that you can learn much more about when you head to the 9th-ever Get Ready Ewa Emergency Preparedness Fair.

All About The Fair

The 9th Get Ready Ewa Emergency Preparedness Fair is a free event that will help you learn some of the basics you’ll need to know in order to stay safe during various emergency situations that may arise. The Fair will take place Saturday, September 7th, from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, right at 5100 Iroquois Avenue on Ewa Beach. The event is kid-friendly, and there will be some free handouts of materials and supplies that will help you get started down the path of disaster preparedness.

Practical Disaster Preparedness Tips

While there are indeed many specific tips that will apply to certain types of emergencies, there are also plenty of general tips you can observe to keep you and your family prepared for a disaster. The National Institutes of Health has a handy list available for view online, and just a few of those items include some things you can get started on today, like:

  • Rehearsing a disaster plan with your family and going over what steps each member of the family should take in a specific kind of emergency.
  • Establishing out of state contacts that authorities can report to on your whereabouts and condition.
  • Learn how to shut off utilities like gas, water and electricity.
  • Inventory your home items.
  • Make arrangements for your pets.

In addition, you’ll also want to make sure you prepare that disaster kit, which sources like Safe Home say is vital for ensuring you’re ready for the worst that may come:

“No matter where you live, it's important to have an emergency supplies kit readily available for use. This kit should include items you would need to survive for several days, and should be easily transportable.”

Examples of items you’d want to include in said kit include food and water (for you and your pets), flashlights, batteries, chargers for electronics, sleeping bags, picnic supplies, first aid, clothing, cash, and more. Keeping these items packed up and ready to go will allow you to spring into action quickly if a disaster comes, and let you concentrate on getting you and your family to safety.

Stay Safe at the Military Housing in Hawaii

One of the best parts of living at amazing residences like Kapilina is the fact that this is a community, and when there is an emergency, you can be sure that people will come together the weather the storm (or whatever else may strike). If that sort of tight-knit bond is right up your alley, you’ll definitely want to learn more about what these amazing beach homes are about, and how you can become a part of this stunningly beautiful Iroquois Point community today.