Weather officials to speak at hazard preparedness workshop

Several organizations will present two hazard preparedness workshops for the public Saturday, June 30, according to a County of Kaua‘i press release.

Members of the Kaua’i Civil Defense Agency,  National Weather Service, State Civil Defense, University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program and Simpson Strong Tie will be present.

The workshop will be held at the Kaua’i Veteran’s Center from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and will be repeated from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Among the topics that will be covered are: hurricane science and prediction for 2012, home strengthening and personal preparedness, according to the news release.

“With the advancements made in science and technology, our efforts toward weather-readiness has certainly increased, but there’s still a lot more work to be done in terms of strengthening personal preparedness and resilience,” says KCDA Manager Theodore Daligdig in the release. “I encourage residents to attend this workshop and learn how to minimize their risks before disaster strikes.”

This September will mark the 20th anniversary of Hurricane ‘Iniki, an event Daligdig says underscores the importance of being prepared.

Workshop attendees will receive a free copy of the Homeowners’ Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards, which offers an overview of natural hazards as well as detailed information on how to protect your home and family, the release states.

For more information about the workshop visit www.seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu.

To request special assistance or an auxiliary aid for the workshop, contact Ruby Pap at (808) 241-4183.

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