PRESS RELEASE-- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2017
Lahaina, HI - WMTA Invites Community to Participate In Emergency Preparedness--West Maui Community Disaster Planning Meetings Scheduled
The WMTA is working with the Maui Emergency Management Agency, formally called Maui Civil Defense, The Pacific Disaster Center, and the State Department of Emergency Management on developing a customized disaster plan designed to meet West Maui’s specific needs. The isolation from the Islands major hospital and the major airport due to frequent road closures, fires and flooding have highlighted the need for special preparedness planning.
We agree with our partners in this process that communities that are capable of caring for themselves during and after natural hazard events, are better equipped to deal with the negative health, environmental, and economic impacts so common after a disaster.
The West Maui Taxpayers Association invites you to join us and be a part of the solution to plans that may well be the reason why lives will be saved when disasters strike. Come and Join us!
Through a series of monthly workshops presented by subject-matter experts, the Hawaiian Hazards and Resilience Program (HHARP) will provide education and outreach that promotes hazard understanding, and will offer tools and information resources to guide mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery planning for the community.
The first series of HHARP workshops will cover a Program Overview, Introduction to Emergency Management in Hawaii, and Hazard Awareness. The schedule follows:
February 16 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Social Hall
March 16 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater
April 20 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater
May 18 5:30-8:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center - Amphitheater
These meetings are free and open to the public. Our community is diverse and we need everyone’s participation to develop community plans. More Information on WMTA and Disaster Preparedness can be found at www.westmaui.org Please put these meetings on your calendar and plan to attend!
(The DVD TAPING OF THE SEPTEMBER 10-2016 WEST MAUI DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPO, HELD AT THE LAHAINA CANNERY MALL CENTER STAGE of the excellent presentations by Civil Defense, MECO, MPD, MFD, HAARP, Pacific Disaster Center, Insurance Associates, Inc.; Etc. will be on AKAKU THE FOLLOWING DATES AND TIMES CHANNEL 54!
BE SURE TO PASS THE WORD TO ALL TO WATCH AND RECORD THEM FOR FUTURE REFERENCE IN PENDING SITUATIONS OF HURRICANE, FIRES, FLOOD, ETC.
Fantastic Resource for All as WMTA continues to pursue the necessary trainings to be the West Maui Facilitator for the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP)!
First air dates on Akakū channel 54:
10/6 1:21 PM
10/12 4:05 PM
10/14 8:04 AM
For all air dates: http://akaku.org/channel-54-program-guide/
*All air dates are subject to change slightly without notice. Note that these are only a few air dates and then the program will continue to play in rotation during the block(s) checked on the cable cast form.
Thank you to all who have been a part of the West Maui Disaster Preparedness Expo held on September 10, 2016. Lots of time and preparation went into making bring this event to the community and a lot of great and wonderful information has been shared by all the speakers and exhibitors.
We have highlighted each speaker in a YouTube video clip for you to watch which can be found in this playlist (click here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqjprPppUENZib0-wJ5Hg1DM_UCaLeWOQ )
Thank you to everyone who was a part of the
WEST MAUI DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPO!
Without your support, we would not be able to do this.
West Maui Taxpayers Association
Maui County Civil Defense Agency
CBRE I Asset Services and Lahaina Cannery Mall, Koleka Alcomindras, Real Estate Services Coordinator
University of Hawaii-Maui College, Lahaina Education Center, Marti Wukelic, Coordinator
Rick Nava – WMTA Board President & Event Co- Coordinator
Joseph Pluta – WMTA Vice President & Event Co- Coordinator
Donna Lorenz – WMTA Board Member & Event Co-Coordinator
Bobby Motooka, Director of Safety - Maui Electric Company
Anna Foust, Director - Maui Civil Defense Agency
Capt. Peter K. Davis - Lahaina Fire Department
Kamuela Mawae - Maui Police Department
Sharon Meilbrecht - Pacific Disaster Center
B. Gen. (R) Bruce Oliveira, Community Programs Director - Hawaii State Department of Defense
Donna Lorenz – Hawaiian Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program (HHARP), Facility Group Coordinator
Tim Waite, Co-Sponsor/Speaker - U.H. Sea Grant College Program
Mahealani Strong, Owner/Executive Agent - Insurance Associates West Maui
Ace Hardware Lahaina
American Red Cross
Community Emergency Response Team (Cert)
Civil Air Patrol
Insurance Association West Maui
Maui Civil Defense
Maui County Dept. of Health Volunteers
Maui Fire & Flood
Maui Police Department/Neighborhood Watch
Pacific Disaster Center
Salvation Army Lahaina
Simpson Strong-Tie Company
West Maui Taxpayers Association
Ace Hardware - Lahaina
Dairy Queen/Orange Julius - Lahaina Cannery Mall
Grand Wailea Resort
Honolulu Cookie Company West
Insurance Association West Maui
Maui Civil Defense
Maui Electric Co.
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Safeway – Lahaina
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
West Maui Taxpayers’ Association
West Maui Improvement Foundation –
Gretchen Baldon & Aldrina Meier
Learn how to prepare for emergencies at the West Maui Disaster Preparedness Expo
September 8, 2016
WAILUKU - The Maui County Civil Defense Agency will co-sponsor a West Maui Disaster Preparedness Expo in partnership with the West Maui Taxpayers Association on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lahaina Cannery Mall.
The public is invited to learn how to prepare for the unique safety issues associated with West Maui, and how to prepare for emergencies that can affect residents' homes and families.
West Maui Taxpayers Association is co-sponsoring this event. WMTA members have been advocates of the West Maui community for 37 years and have the health and welfare of this community as part of their mission statement.
They have been lobbying for disaster preparedness and public safety with such accomplishments as: Facilitator Group of the Pacific Disaster Center to develop a self-reliant Civil Defense plan; lobbied for an emergency trailer to house supplies next to the Lahaina Fire Station; lobbied for the approval of the Certificate of Need for the West Maui Hospital; lobbied for the approval of the Maalaea Emergency Assistance Vehicle as an added resource for West Maui; and lobbied for the return of the Maui County Air Ambulance system.
Event prize drawings will be held at 12:30 p.m., and exhibits and displays at the expo will provide information to help prepare for emergencies and disasters.
There will be free tickets to the prizes that will be raffled off between speakers and grand prizes from 12:45 to 1 p.m. Prizes include gift certificates, emergency equipment and West Maui restaurant certificates.
The American Red Cross will have a shelter display depicting the limited space designated per person in a hurricane shelter. Talk to volunteers about what you need to bring to a shelter if you have to evacuate from your home.
Maui County Health Volunteers, sponsored by the state Department of Health, will offer free blood pressure screenings.
Sign up to receive Maui County Emergency Notifications from the Maui County Civil Defense Agency. CERT: Community Emergency Response Team, Civil Air Patrol, National Guard, and Ace Hardware will also offer information.
Educational presentations will be offered throughout the event at center stage, including "West Maui Community Safety" by Joe Pluta of the West Maui Taxpayers Association; "Hawaiian Hazards Awareness & Resilience Program" by Sharon Mielbrecht, a hazard mitigation specialist with the Pacific Disaster Center; "Understanding Electrical Hazards and Your Safety" by Maui Electric's Safety Team; "Flood and Hurricane Insurance: Do You Have Enough Coverage?" by Mahealani Strong of Insurance Associates West Maui; "Makaala: Maui County's Emergency Alert System" presented by Anna Foust of the Maui County Civil Defense Agency; Maui Police Department on "Neighborhood Watch and Police Mitigation in an Emergency Event;" Maui Fire Department on fire prevention preparedness of your home and environment; and the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College/Simpson Strong-Tie on "Homeowner's Guide to Disaster Preparedness."
"When it comes to emergencies and disasters, West Maui has some unique challenges to face," said Foust, Maui County's emergency management officer.
"The West Maui Disaster Preparedness Expo will focus on many of these issues and emphasize the need for West Maui citizens to be better informed and better prepared for any potential hazard."
For more information, contact the Maui County Civil Defense Agency at 270-7285.
This is a very timely event, presented for the first time especially for the West Maui community. This is just the start of the West Maui Taxpayers Association's 2016 efforts for the improvement of the West Maui community's health and welfare.
THE RECENT NEWS IS AN ALARMING WAKE UP CALL FOR ALL OF US ON MAUI.
THE UTTER DISREGARD FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF MAUI RESIDENTS AND VISITORS CANNOT BE IGNORED. THE STATE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCE THE "DISCOVERY OF $1 BILLION Dollars!
We respectfully suggest that a portion of this money be immediately made available to HHSC to
use to restore Full Bed Access and Services to Maui Memorial Medical Center!
THE WMTA WILL BE SEEKING THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO BE REMINDED OF HIS NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY, AND THAT IS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII. THAT MEANS MAUI TOO! CUTTING SERVICES FOR MAUI IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE OPTION.
The Maui Now article below was re-transmitted from Mental Health America-Maui Branch.
Joseph D Pluta, V.P.
WEST MAUI TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION INC.
A Sad Week For Maui
After facing what they called a “dismal outlook” of the hospitals’ operations without a public-private partnership, the Hawai‘i Health Systems – Maui Region’s Board of Directors decided in an afternoon meeting Wednesday, to enact phased closures of beds and potential hospital services.
The State and the UPW hit another impasse in negotiations over the weekend. Kaiser Permanente has stated that it will not be able to transition to take over operations of the Maui Region until July 1, 2017.
Hawai‘i Health Systems – Maui Region’s Board of Directors release the following statement:
“In light of the letter sent to Governor Ige on August 28, 2016 by Kaiser Permanente, and the UPW initiated injunction, further deferring the transition date to July 1, 2017, the Maui Region Board of Directors has been forced to evaluate the hospitals’ ability to continue to provide safe patient care for this community.
It has been decided that if the State cannot reach agreements with both UPW and HGEA to the satisfaction of HHSC and Kaiser we will begin public hearings and notification to the Legislature, effective immediately, of Maui Region’s Phase I of its contingency plans to include:
· Reduction in capacity through bed closures – closing 8 Intensive Care Beds and 12 Medical/Surgical Beds.
· Review closures of an additional 30 more beds in other units.
· Begin Phase II planning which may include multiple service closures throughout the Region.
The impact of the bed closures will mean a decreased capacity with critical services such as Stroke, Heart, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Trauma and other critical care needs requiring transport to Oahu.
The delay in transitioning Maui Region to Kaiser Permanente has led to a high volume of staff vacancies, increased use of travelers and temporary workers, and an inability to attract staff and physicians, this first phase of closures will be the first step in addressing a dire situation to protect and preserve our patients and staff.”
Information on public hearings regarding possible service closures will be released when available.
Above Is A Maui Now Article - 09/01/16
We are excited to hear via email from the West Maui Hospital Foundation via email that they are having a West Maui Hospital and Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony - August 15 - see flier below.
Restore Maui hospital transition immediately – by Joseph Pluta
There are not adequate words to describe the current blockage to the Maui Memorial Medical Center transition. While some are "concerned," others are shocked and outraged.
We have expressed our urgent request to the Governor's Office and informed that recent interpretation of the injunction on the transition is not supposed to apply to adequate coverage by physicians to ensure patient safety.
How can you describe the indescribable? This intolerable situation piles on liability to the state should one life be lost here on Maui due to this indescribable travesty and misapplication of the law.
Time is of the essence. Lives are literally at stake. We do not have any other hospitals like they do on every other island in Hawaii. Maui is the only island with one hospital. Unbelievable!
Let's hope national media does not pick this up and destroy tourism on Maui!
The governor should ask the attorney general that he may take this interpretation to mean that the injunction is effectively "set aside" accordingly, and get everything back on track immediately to "ensure patient safety." Call and write the Governor's Office if you share my belief that this crisis must be stopped now and the governor's authority to protect the health and safety of the people of Hawaii permits him to restore the transition immediately. Lawyers can argue later when lives are not in imminent danger.
(Read PDF version by clicking here)
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Disaster Preparedness Expo 2016 was a success!
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