Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009
- 5:00pm - 8:00pm
FIRST DRAFT FOR RESILIENCE AND
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLANNING
Step I. ASSESMENT AND
-Assess and identify our
our assets and strengths by risk category [WE
WILL DO NOVEMBER
-Share examples of emergency plans that already in
community - including for households, businesses, schools, government
and non-government agencies. [WE WILL DO NOVEMBER 5TH]
Encourage everyone to participate in at least one risk category network
or planning group.[WE WILL
reduction action plans by risk category [WE WILL BEGIN TO DO ON NOVEMBER
-Build website for the community resilience action plan.
Step II. REDUCE
Identify key entities by risk category: e.g. Firewise
Organization– for wild fires; CERT – for all sudden
Identify essential capacity building with goal of
community self-sufficiency [think about Waimea surviving completely
Seek and obtain funding as needed to implement risk
reduction and self sufficiency strategies.
Identifying key communication networks by
Make available the emergency notification
systems now in place.
Draft plan to prevent road congestion and
prevent crashing of communication systems.
RECOVERY: Draft and make available contact lists for
THE WHOS THAT NEED TO
A. Encourage families/individuals/neighbors to
make list of who to call for help in emergencies, and who may need your
B. Identify key business organizations by asset groups:
e.g. water, food, fuel, medical.
C. Identify key community
networks: e.g. WCA, CDP action committee, subdivision associations,
neighborhood watch groups, civic organizations, DHHL
D. Identify key individuals with resources, e.g.
food, farms, water, vehicles, tools, knowledge.
high risk groups – elderly, disabled, kids.
non-profits, churches, and quasi-publics e.g. schools, hospitals, public
transportation entities; which could help provide shelter or
transportation or other assistance to large groups.
resorts and hotels –contacts and visitor sector needs.
Identify key government organizations: county, state, federal: e.g.
civil defense, police, fire departments, state agencies such as
agriculture or DLNR (e.g for dams), military contacts.
Identify key communication networks: e.g. radio, tv, websites, twitters,
blogs; email lists.
SUDDEN EVENTS: Pandemic illness (e.g. swine flu),
earthquake, flooding and landslides, shortages -food and fuel,
hurricane, wildfires, and other emergencies including those that may
occur in neighboring communities e.g. tsunami, volcanic
CUMULATIVE EVENTS: Drought, water/soil/air
pollution, including vog, wide spread invasive infestations e.g. fire
ants, biodiversity species losses, climate change; cumulative social
issues -from crime to lack of educational and job
ASSOCIATED RISKS: Prevent actual and
potential emergency situations from being used as opportunities for
those in power to take control over key sectors e.g. prevent domination
of communication networks, prevent reduction of civil rights; prevent
invasions of privacy; prevent non-transparency in government, prevent
restructuring of government that inhibits informed public participation;
prevent “GMO” companies from taking over
Margaret submitted various amendments
to the County
Charter (our County’s Constitution) that as adopted by the Charter
were approved by the voters in 2008. Her amendments included the new
“Public Trust” Charter provision to
protect and preserve Hawaiian cultural sites and practices and
natural resources. The Charter Commission also adopted amendments she
provide Internet notification to the public about county government
Ranch Connector Road
a pro bono legal action, Margaret successfully represented Waimea
community members to force the County of Hawaii to require Parker Ranch
to carry out its obligation to construct the Parker Ranch Connector Road
as had been promised in the 1990s. As the result of these legal
actions, the Parker Ranch Connector
Road (2 phases) was completed in 2008.
So.... to the Legacy of Richard Smart: Waimea is one step closer to the
opening of the intra-Waimea road Richard Smart promised our community
back in the late 1980s and early 1990s!
months or so
past Thursday the County Council approved the Resolution from the
County's Public Works for the approval of the Parker Ranch Connector
Road. The vote was (of course) 9-0. (Attached at bottom of
page are the Council Resolution and accompanying Communication)
Councilman Pete Hoffmann graciously acknowledged
that construction of this road at this time was largely due to the legal
action I brought (challenging the County's failure to enforce the
Rezoning ordinance requirement that this road be constructed
concurrently with development of the surrounding areas). He suggested
the road be named Wille's Way or Margaret's Place. THANKS PETE
FOR THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT!
LISTEN TO THE
BIG ISLAND NEWS COVERAGE OF THE COUNCIL HEARING:HERE
or listen to the full
tape of the meeting --- attached
below: "PR CR 408
road opens there will be one more County Council approval and sign-offs
by Parker Ranch's Trustees and Mayor Kenoi. Otherwise all that is left
is final mowing of grass and removal of the temporary irrigation lines..
At that point: out of the way temporary barricades! Exciting!
Well most exciting of all is the spectacular view from this
roadway. So when you are feeling lazy but know that
you need to take a walk ....consider heading over to the connector
road... the views of Waimea are inspiring.
And, hopefully, before too long Parker Ranch will convey to the County
the land for the District Park -- which will be located off this
Connector Road not far from the location of the Parker Ranch
headquarters. When that happens, after walking
along the new road, some day we can all meet at the
Park for various outdoor activities --from yoga to aerobics to ball
Note the District Park was another
condition of the Parker Ranch 1992 Rezoning Ordinance -- as promised by
Richard Smart long
the first couple pages of Richard Smart's "Parker Ranch 2020
Plan" to appreciate his vision and his legacy. Here are pages 1
2 of the 2020
diagram it is phases 1 and 3 of the Connector Road that are now
completed (Phase 1includes Pukalani Road).
are a few photos taken during the construction:
Of the Connector Road, while still under construction, near to
Holoholo-ku residential development:
next two are of Pukalani Road -- while under construction:
Regional Transit Hub
As a member of the South
Kohala Traffic Safety
Committee, Margaret recently suggested the construction of a regional
hub on Lindsey Road extension adjacent to the Waimea Post Office to
a multi-modal transit hub and information facility.
With the support of
Councilman Pete Hoffmann,
in December 2011, the County Council unanimously voted in favor of
project on the County’s Capital Improvement Project List.
Parker School expansion
In another pro bono legal action, while
the Waimea Planning and Design Committee, Margaret reached a settlement
the County and Parker School in the context of the school’s planned
order to provide for increased pedestrian safety, and mitigation of
congestion in Waimea in the area of Lindsey and Kapiolani
You can read more here
While participating in a meeting
safety at the Waimea public schools, Margaret proposed the original idea
intra-Waimea shuttle bus service from Lakeland to Kamuela View Estates,
with the help of Parker School representatives, the South Kohala Traffic
Committee, and Council member Pete Hoffmann, this is now a part of our
island-wide hele-on service.
Trails and Greenways
part of the Parker Ranch Connector Road settlement, Margaret negotiated
Parker Ranch for additional easement land to be given to the County at
for the Waimea Trails and Greenways project --so that the trail would
fenced up against residential lots.
co-chair of the Conservation Subcommittee of the Community Development
Committee, Margaret, along with Bob Hunter and other Waimea
residents,successfully lead the effort to remove the one-acre zoning
across the face of Waimea’s Hōkū‘ula pu‘u. Margaret is now seeking to
increase public access
rights across state lands to forest
Little Red Ants species
participating in a community County Agricultural Plan, Margaret
participants in an effort to immediately draft and lobby in support of
to address the frightening problem of the little red ant invasive
spreading across the island. With the help of Councilman Pete Hoffmann,
resulting County Council resolution passed 9-0.