Local Community Outreach

Community Awareness Initiatives: Disaster Preparedness Fairs

PREP Fair booth 2014

The Museum booth at the PREP Fair featured several informational posters, an interactive computer setup, and various booklet and flyer handouts.

Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair (PREP) 2014

The PREP Fair was held on August 30, 2014 at Keaau High School. There were over 60 exhibits, workshops and demonstrations that featured emergency routes, centers and shelters, planning and training, communications, security and sustainability, and community resources.

The fair focused on emergency preparedness and how to respond given different situations and challenges, as well as to collect information on current concerns to incorporate into future planning. There were over 45 presentations, exhibits, and contests featuring emergency routes, centers and shelters, planning and training, communications, and security/sustainability. Activities included emergency evacuation mapping, children's activities, and career explorations.

Event organizers were Dr. Marlene Hapai, Chair of the "Subcommittee on Connectivity and Emergency Response". Dr. Hapai was a former member of PTM's board of directors. Co-chair was Bill Hanson of Civil Defense.

PREP Fair booth 2013

The Museum booth at the PREP Fair featured several informational posters, an interactive computer setup, and various booklet and flyer handouts. In the photo above, George Curtis, PTM Scientific Advisor, is viewing a display poster. Museum staff interacted with the public.

Puna Regional Emergency Preparedness Fair (PREP) 2013

The Pacific Tsunami Museum (PTM) participated in the PREP Fair at Keaau High School on August 31, 2013 by having a booth, display boards, computer interactive activity, and informational handouts for the public. In accordance with the Museum's mission, it was a wonderful opportunity to interact with the public and disseminate information.

The fair focused on emergency preparedness and how to respond given different situations and challenges, as well as to collect information on current concerns to incorporate into future planning. There were over 45 presentations, exhibits, and contests featuring emergency routes, centers and shelters, planning and training, communications, and security/sustainability. Activities included emergency evacuation mapping, children's activities, and career explorations.

Event organizers were Dr. Marlene Hapai, Chair of the new "Subcommittee on Connectivity and Emergency Response". Dr. Hapai was a former member of PTM's board of directors. Co-chair was Bill Hanson of Civil Defense.

Tsunami-Safe Fair

The Pacific Tsunami Museum (PTM) embarked on a project with the County of Hawai'i Planning Department to assess and assist businesses with their tsunami preparation and planning. The result was one-on-one consultation, small group sessions, and a Tsunami-Safe Fair in April of 2008.

There was tremendous community collaboration and support for the project. At the county level, contributors included Hawai'i County Civil Defense, Fire Department, and Planning/ Research/Development Departments. Community support came from the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, the Kanoelehua Industrial Area Association and the Hilo Bay Watershed Advisory Group. All of this effort brought to fruition a major action of the Envision Downtown Hilo 2025 to develop and conduct a tsunami education, preparation and recovery program for both Pacific-wide and locally generated tsunamis.

Tsunami Fair

Participants at the Tsunami Fair held at the Kress Building in downtown Hilo.

Tsunami booth

Pacific Tsunami Museum booth at the Tsunami Fair.

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Last Revised November 2014.