Editorials for Saturday — July 19, 2003

• Mass violence exercise

• Kauai United Way

Mass violence exercise

Coordination of federal, state and county agencies, community organizations and the media is critical in time of disaster in this networked age.

Kaua‘i’s Civil Defense head Mark Marshall and a long list of representatives of representatives of government agencies, the media and community groups met this week to hear from speakers with experience in widespread, tragic incidents like the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma.

Taking action quickly, and getting the word out to the public in the event of a mass act of violence is just the beginning. Kaua‘i’s experience in post-disaster recovery is a big plus, but in incidents when terrorists, rather than the weather, are the culprits special action needs to be taken.

The training being given is a reflection of our times, with the World Trade Center disaster still less than two years behind us, and ongoing threats of terrorism a reality in every state in the U.S.

Learning how to do this is the focus of an exercise set for this week. Hopefully Kaua‘i will never have to apply the lessons being learned through this exercise.

Kauai United Way

The 2003 Kauai United Way is getting into gear this summer to begin its annual fundraising campaign.

The organization, which has been around on Kaua‘i since the World War II years of the 1940s, hopes to raise over a half million dollars.

To prime the fundraising pumps nine companies have volunteered to be at the point of the campaign. They include Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, The Gas Company, Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative, Lawai Beach Resort, Meadow Gold, Oceanic Time Warner Cablevision, the Sheraton Kauai Resort and Wal-Mart.

Those who work for these companies are encouraged to become part of their company’s Kauai United Way effort.

Dollars raised by the Kauai United Way go to 23 social agencies.

Everyone who lives or visits Kaua‘i is touched in some way for good by the work the Kauai United Way does.

Local United Way leaders reckon that tens of thousands of local residents benefit directly from their work.


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