Emergency Management Careers Infographic

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"Emergency management professionals provide the framework for our society's survival after disasters occur. Given how consistently disasters occur and the need to limit the damage from emergencies and disasters, there is now, more than ever, a need for emergency management professionals. In fact, the field is expected to steadily grow well into 2024.

The below infographic, created by Arizona State University's Online Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) degree program, explores the field of emergency management and the various professions one might pursue."

- Shared by Pearson Online Learning Services

Wildfire Virtual Field Trips

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Screen capture from NFPA video.

Check out this video series put together by the NFPA and experience what happens one year, five years, and ten years after a major wildfire. The lessons learned from these videos focus largely on how you can take measures around your home and yard to reduce wildfire risks. One of the videos focuses on the ecological importance of wildfires on the mainland. It's important to keep in mind that in Hawaii and the Western Pacific, wildfires are NOT a part of the natural process and actually harm our native forests, watersheds, and coastlines. 

Disaster Safety & Assistive Technology: Protection for Seniors & the Disabled

Here is a resource with excellent information on how to better prepare our kupuna and the disabled for emergencies. 

From the Source:

"When disaster strikes, our first instinct is to check in with our loved ones and make sure they’re okay. But if your loved one is a senior or has a disability, you can’t afford to wait to “check in” — timing is everything during an emergency, and you need to buy them as much time as possible to react independently. You should create an emergency preparedness guide to keep them safe and accessible even as a crisis is unfolding.

Wildfire Research Fact Sheet: Decks

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Firewise's new wildfire research fact sheet has some great information on how to reduce the ignitability of your deck or lanai. It's just one page but packed with useful information.

From the Source: 

"MANY HOMES LOCATED IN WILDFIRE-PRONE AREAS HAVE ATTACHED DECKS, WHICH CAN POTENTIALLY SPREAD FIRE TO THE HOUSE WHEN IGNITED DURING A WILDFIRE. A burning deck can ignite siding or break the glass in doors or windows, allowing fi re to gain entry into the house. Consequently, making decks less vulnerable to wildfire also makes your house less vulnerable. Reducing the deck’s vulnerability requires an approach that focuses on the materials and design features used to build the deck, and creating a noncombustible zone around and under the deck."

How to Complete New Online Firewise Application Process

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Calling all Firewise Communities and potential new ones: Firewise has a new online application system worthy of checking out right away. Get started on your application early so you can see the new changes and save your progress along the way before the November 15 due date for renewals.

Wanting to get a new community started? Give us a shout and we'll help you out!

Packing and Storing Items to Prevent Damage

"Regardless of the disaster you're most at risk for, you need to know what to do to protect yourself before one strikes. A storage unit and proper storage techniques can be one of your lines of defense. This guide will look at how you can use a storage unit to protect your items as you make sure you're as prepared as possible for a potential disaster."

Thank you to Cyrus Dylan and his peer group on community safety for sharing this unique and informative resource. 

Climate Change Impacts on Wildfires in Hawaii

As climate change continues to reshape the lands and waters of Hawaii, wildfire will be increasingly on the radar. Climate change contributes to conditions known to increase wildfire hazard. More wildfires in Hawaii mean less native forests and drinking water and more erosion/runoff, coastal brownouts, and communities at risk. Please share this infographic far and wide and remember, there is a lot you can do to protect your family, home, and community!

Wildfire LOOKOUT! Flyer

Dry conditions significantly increase wildfire risk in Hawaii.

Help do your part by preventing wildfire and following these 13 easy steps to prepare your home and family. 

Hawaii Wildfire Impacts Flyer

Hawaii has a devastating wildfire problem. While under-publicized nationally, the scale and scope of wildfires in Hawaii are extreme. Take a look and please share widely!

Hawaiian Fire Potential Outlook Products

March - June 2017 weather conditions that affect fire potential in Hawaii.

Stay up-to-date about various weather and fuels conditions in Hawaii that affect fire potential with this useful service from North Ops Predictive Services meteorologists. 4-month Significant Fire Potential Outlook products are available as a "pdf", powerpoint, or video.