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Aloha Ohana Update

August 7, 2014

Be Prepared to Help Your Family and Neighbors

With the impending storms Iselle and Julio approaching the Hawaiian Islands, it is a good reminder for all Scouts of our motto, Be Prepared.  Putting into action the Scout Motto will help minimize the impact of the storms and is an excellent opportunity for Scouts to live the Scout Oath by helping other people at all times.

In addition to preparing your own homes for the storm, Scouts and leaders should also consider those in their communities who may need some extra help from the Scouts.  These may include the elderly, families of deployed soldiers and those who are living alone.  Reaching out to others both before and after the storms will help ensure that no one is left on their own during a challenging time.

All Aloha Council facilities in Hawaii will be closed due to the storms.  This includes the Hilo Service Center (Thursday and Friday), the Oahu Service Center on Friday, and all camps throughout the weekend.

As Scouts, we need to always be prepared and to demonstrate our preparedness by helping others in a time of need.  Here’s what you can do in case of severe weather:

Scouts – Be sure your home is ready by helping to assemble a home Disaster Preparedness Kit.  Take care of younger siblings and offer your help to neighbors. Don’t forget about your pets. Ensure that your pets have fresh food and water before and after the storms.

Parents – Ensure that your family has a home emergency kit and enough food and water to get through 7 days. 

Leaders – An emergency situation can be a teaching moment for your Scouts. Rally your troop committee to support you Scouts.  Ways you can engage your membership includes:

1.   The safety of your Scouts is always paramount.  If you have outings planned this weekend, you may need to cancel them.  When in doubt, error on the side of caution.  While your Scouts may be disappointed, they will appreciate your leadership and concern for their well-being.

2.   Set up a calling tree of all of your unit members.  If the storms are severe, check in with them after the storm to be sure everyone is ok.  Phones may not work, so a door-to-door plan may be necessary.

3.  Contact the Red Cross or other local community organizations and offer your Scouts’ assistance.  Bringing the Scouts out before and after a storm, shows the community that Scouts are prepared and that we are here to help others, especially those who need our help the most such as the elderly, homeless, and those who are homebound. If you conduct community service, proudly wear your uniform to signify the support of the Scouts.

Mahalo for helping all of our Scouts to live the Scout Oath and Law – everyday!

Sincerely,

 

Arnold Martines                      Jeff Sulzbach                          Dr. Ronald Ling
Council President                       Scout Executive/CEO                Council Commissioner

 

Disaster Preparedness Guidelines

When preparing a disaster preparedness kit, first plan for the essentials for survival. Think practical first, and think comfortable second. All essential needs should be able to fit in a 5 gallon bucket. Absolute necessities include food, water, and warmth.

With Hawaii's remoteness it could be as long as a week before a full disaster relief operation can be initiated. Hawaii residents need to be prepared to take care of all of their emergency needs and those of their family for at least seven days following a major island or state-wide disaster.

According to the American Red Cross, at a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).  Popular local foods such as Spam, corned beef and Vienna sausage. (Don't forget a non-electric can opener for canned foods.)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Baby - Infant formula and diapers
  • Pets - Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Helpful Links:

American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit

Humane Society for Pet Owners: www.humanesociety.org/prepare.

Recommendations for Disaster Preparedness Kit from the Hawaii State Civil Defense Office http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/dp_kit.html