Printed in the WMTA February 2020 Newsletter (click here for full newsletter)
Emergency Planning Update – Joseph D. Pluta
The WMTA has been seeking the engagement of the West Side Community to be a part of our preparedness for Emergencies and disasters. The recent acknowledgement of needed improvements to the Maui Emergency Management Agency as a result of the After Action Report review by Mayor Victorino has encouraged us to continue to involve community members into the action plan. We have scheduled a Community Engagement Meeting for our Community preparedness on Monday, April 6th, 5:00 pm at the West Maui Senior Center Social Hall. We will be contacting those who have previously participated in our planning efforts by phone and email from prior attendance records. If you want to be part of this preparedness effort, please contact us at wmta@Maui.net, or by phone at 808-661-7990.
We are in the process of enhancing Maui Taxpayer Association's West Maui Emergency Plan. We need your help to evaluate the skills and capabilities of the West Maui Ohana. We would like to know the resources that can be utilized; In the event that West Maui becomes impacted or isolated. If you have a skill (Active or Retired PD, Fire, EMT, CEO, Nurse, Craft or just about anything else); we would like to know.
Please fill out the form (click here) if you want to be part of our West Maui Ohana resources. There is no commitment at this time just seeing how we can help.
The subject of our next Emergency Planning Meeting will be “Assessing our Capacities”
Place: West Maui Senior Center, 788 Pauoa St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Mayor Michael Victorino discussion West Maui Emergency Planning with Community was heldo on Tuesday, OCTOBER 29th Co-Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina and West Maui Taxpayer's Association. Video below from Akaku Maui Community Media.
Vimeo Link: https://vimeo.com/371766182
Press Release below copied from MECO website here
Hui Up for Resiliency aims to help residents with storm prepFree community workshop set for Dec. 14(Joint news release issued with the University of Hawaii, Maui College)
Release Date: 11/6/2019
KAHULUI, Nov. 6, 2019 – In efforts to help homeowners prepare for severe storms, a free community workshop, Hui Up for Resiliency, will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) campus, Laulima 225.
Presented in partnership with Maui Electric Company and UHMC – Office of Extended Learning, this debut event will feature construction industry professionals who will share ways to fortify homes in preparation for severe weather.
Presenters include: Mike Young, instructor and apprenticeship coordinator at the UHMC Office of Continuing Education and Training; Tim Waite from Simpson Strong-Tie Company; and Chris Vierra from Honsador Lumber Maui.
"As part of the workshop we constructed a 'mini' home model to help demonstrate how to retrofit older homes currently without hurricane clips," Young said. "We'll also be sharing how to install clips to protect your windows during storms."
Attendance by reservation only via email email@example.com or call 872-3244 until Dec. 6, first come, first serve. The workshop is currently set for 30 attendees. Group reservations will not be accepted at this time.
"Hui Up for Resiliency is part of Maui Electric's ongoing efforts to build strong, sustainable communities together," said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. "With our islands experiencing more severe weather events, we always encourage the importance of being prepared and this includes reinforcing your homes and equipping your family for emergency situations."
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