Innovation, Collaboration and Strategy
What Disaster Prevention means to us. Disaster 'Prevention' is finding the vulnerability points within the community and working to find ways to reduce impact should an event occur. While we can't prevent the natural event from occurring, through ongoing initiatives, strategy, collaboration and fundraising, we can find ways to reduce the impact of the disaster.
What are we doing? The local boots on the ground effort will include efforts to reduce impact by focusing on key factors:
Task Force Building - Multiple volunteers have attended free FEMA CERT training, free AED Institute trainings including AED/CPR, Stop the Bleed & Active Shooter trainings. We are also assisting with onboarding new qualified volunteers to become local FEMA CERT instructors. We will continue with sense of urgency to advocate for community to learn how to prepare themselves 'before' a disaster in effort to reduce impact on our vulnerable infrastructure in time of crisis.
Funding - Actively accepting donations for purchasing of food, water and supplies to be distributed on Maui. We have members of the Aloha Task Force actively working in Maui and ready to allocate the resources where they are needed. Donate today!
Homelessness - We are actively creating a volunteer program serving our homeless population on Oahu through IHS Hawaii and other organizations in need. Supporting local keiki thanks to Nike and Good360 for their generous contributions. Sunray sandals for toddlers & children.
Pollution Management - Data analysis in progress. With ~88,000 cesspools in Hawaii, we know a lot of work can be done by community members to help reduce impact on already constrained government resource set. Community members need to be empowered to keep themselves safe. Further analysis TBD.
Communications - Please reach out to IHS Hawaii to particiate in their 45th anniversary volunteer day. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we continue to work with the community to assist in building out prevention and strategic reduction plans over time. Please reach out to the Aloha Task Force to become a CERT trainined community responder. Once trained, community members have an option to be included on a local response list. Local CERT teams are actively seeking people who have, or are willing to get a ham radio license. Please reach out if you are licensed or interested in getting licensed.
We plan to accomplish these things by working directly with the local community, rolling up our sleeves and learning the ways we can help build for a safer, less painful and less expensive aftermath. The hope is none of it will be necessary but we will be ready!
Sustainment is an important topic we feel does not come up often enough when dealing with disasters. A lot of news goes into the aftermath, damages and losses, but we don't hear a whole lot about what was done to reduce the impact 'prior' to the events over time. Aloha Task Force will be working with the local community to build upon the current initiatives working year around to solve big problems. We are currently in talks and will post updates on this site as new information becomes available. While FEMA and other key players engage on Maui Wildfires, we need to continue to watch our weather as we are still in the midst of hurricane season. Follow the tips and checklists found at ready.gov for disaster preparation. Preparation is crucial during these challenging times for Hawai'i. Get prepped! Visit us on Instagram or view our posts below.
Innovation, Collaboration & Strategy
Aloha Task Force will always include these vital elements because we know during critical times, great projects will fail without them. We are excited to share our brightest ideals once things take off. Check back at this site later for more information. Better yet, hit us up below to become a task force member and learn all about it!! Help us Build!