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AARP Hawaiʻi Webinars Will Help You Prepare for Any Disaster

July 6, 2021, 1:05 PM HST
* Updated July 6, 1:06 PM
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Learn how to understand and track hurricanes, how to retrofit your home to survive a hurricane, plan for climate change and worst-case disasters, and how to create a disaster plan for any emergency from a tsunami to wildfires in a series of webinars this month from AARP Hawaiʻi.

“We’re obviously having a little fun with the title of our four-part webinar series ‘How to Prepare for a ‘Sharknado’ and other disasters,’ but the message is serious and the key to keeping safe is basically the same for most any type of emergency, even a fictional hurricane with sharks,” said Kealiʻi Lopez, AARP Hawaiʻi State Director. “The key is preparation and planning for worst-case scenarios like Oʻahu running out of food for days or weeks. You need to have an emergency kit to help you get through the days after a disaster, a plan to evacuate or shelter in place, and a way to locate and communicate with loved ones if you get separated.”

The series of disaster preparation webinars starts Wednesday, July 21 and continues each Wednesday at 2 p.m. until Aug. 11.

The schedule includes the following:

  • July 21, 2021: Understanding Hurricanes & The Factors That Influence Their Path 
  • July 28, 2021: Planning For the Worst – Understanding How Our Islands Are Vulnerable 
  • Aug. 4, 2021:  Creating a Disaster Plan for Yourself, Your Loved Ones and Your Pets 
  • Aug. 11, 2021:  Retrofitting Your Home to Survive a Hurricane

Register for a Zoom link at https://aarp.cvent.com/sharknado or go to aarp.org/nearyou or the AARP Hawaiʻi Facebook page and click on Upcoming Events to see all the webinars that AARP is offering.

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The webinars are free and you do not have to be an AARP member or of AARP age to attend.

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“Disaster preparation is especially important for kupuna and caregivers of kupuna,” Lopez added. “If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia or other health condition, you really need to plan ahead and put together a team of people who can help you take care of your loved one during an emergency.”

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