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Be Ready Mānoa Team

NewLogo“Together, we prepare, survive and thrive” is the motto, which we chose to rally our community members in developing a strategic preparedness framework for Mānoa.  As the first urban community in Honolulu to develop a disaster preparedness plan, we strive to serve as a model to help our immediate neighbors and others beyond. In the chaos and uncertainty, which can accompany disaster, our best chance of surviving and thriving will only happen when working together.

After the Katrina and Sandy experiences, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) realized that Federal, State and Local agencies could not do it all so has focused its efforts on building skills at the local level to enable communities to respond to disasters .  We were told at our first FEMA course for Community Leaders on November 21, 2013 not to expect emergency agencies to be able to respond within a week of a disaster.    Hawai‘i is the most remote archipelago in the world; there is less money, fewer personnel and a very long supply line.   We must rely on our own resources.

The solutions are numerous and daunting.  We will be organizing and strengthening our existing Neighborhood Security Watches with more training, more operations strategy and recruiting more members.  We will be developing an overall communications strategy, using telephone trees, HAM radio, e-mail, texting, social media, couriers, etc.  We will develop a general operational plan with a command center and line of command.  In order to accomplish this, we will need to gain the support of partners and sponsors, and the ordinary citizens for us to succeed.



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Monthly Meeting Schedule – Winter 2017-2018

Be Ready Manoa meets in that Manoa Innovation Center

Saturday, November 25th, 8 to 10 am, Board Room

Saturday, December16th, 8 to 10 am, Board Room

Saturday, January 20th, 8 to 10 am, Board Room

Saturday, February 17th, 8 to 10 am, Board Room


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Manoa Recognized as Disaster Ready Community

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency




August 24, 2017


HONOLULU — The community group Be Ready Manoa was honored as a disaster resilient community yesterday by local, state, and federal officials during the 9th Annual Manoa Valley Neighborhood Security Watch Meeting. Be Ready Manoa received recognition as a disaster resilient community through the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP).

Distinguished guests that joined in honoring Be Ready Manoa’s designation as a disaster resilient community included:
• Representative Isaac Choy
• Vern Miyagi, Administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
• Bruce E. Oliveira, Community Programs Director, State of Hawaii Department of Defense
• Kevin Richards, Natural Hazards Planner, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
• Ann Kobayashi, Honolulu City Councilmember
• Crystal van Beelen, Disaster Preparedness Officer, Department of Emergency Management
• John Bravender, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Be Ready Manoa is the fifth community to achieve this recognition. Waimanalo, Kailua, Aina Haina and Joint Base Pearl Harbor are the other communities.

HHARP is a statewide program designed to guide communities through a disaster preparedness process that will empower them before, during, and after natural disasters such as hurricane, flash flood, and tsunami. Completion of HHARP includes presentations on local hazards and guidance in creating a community emergency plan.

Media Contact:
Arlina Agbayani
Public Relations Officer

Arlina Agbayani
Public Relations Officer
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA)
3949 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816
Cellular: 808-620-5423


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Ham Radio Class in Manoa Valley

This FREE class covers the study for Ham Radio license, taking the license (optional) and hands-on practice with Ham Radio gear (optional). Students will need to purchase the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Third Edition before the class. The test session on October 12, 2017 is $15. So your investment would be the License Manual (cost will vary depending where you look which is approximately $30) and the test fee if you choose to take the exam. Morse Code is no longer required. Contact Glenn Otaguro ( to sign up for the class—include your name, email address, and phone number.

LOCATION: Manoa Innovation Center (2800 Woodlawn Drive)


Thursday, September 7th, 7 to 9 PM Ideation Room
Thursday, September 14th, 7 to 9 PM Board Room
Thursday, September 21th, 7 to 9 PM Board Room
Thursday, September 28th, 7 to 9 PM Ideation Room
Thursday, October 5th, 7 to 9 PM Board Room
Thursday, October 12th, 7 to 9 PM* Board Room
Thursday, October 19th, 7 to 9 PM** Board Room

* October 12th is the optional License test ($15)
** October 19th is the optional Hands-on with Ham Radio equipment

CERT trained volunteers with Ham Radio licenses could qualify to receive a Ham Radio equipment loan from the DEM. However, for BRM CERT volunteers, you will be required to participate in BRM events and exercises relating to Ham Radios. Additionally, you will be required to take on comm shifts during BRM disaster responses.

Space for the Ham Radio class is limited to 20 students. Ham Radio licenses are good for 10 years. Mahalo Nui Loa to EARC for providing the instructors for this FREE class. Big thanks to Be Ready Manoa for organizing this effort to train CERT volunteers to operate Ham Radios during emergencies. Big Thanks to Manoa Innovation Center for allowing us to use their facilities for such a valuable event.


Posted in Ham Radio, Meeting Notice.

Upcoming Events – Summer and Fall 2017

Windward CERT ‘Round Robin’
August 26, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kaneohe LDS Church, 46-117 Halaulani St.,
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Manoa CERT Battery Harlow Exercise (Diamond Head)
September 2, show up at 7:15 am, should end around 1:00 pm

Manoa CERT Graduation Celebration (Potluck)
September 2, 5:00 pm
U.H. Manoa College Hill, 2230 Kamehameha Ave

Ewa Beach Preparedness Fair
September 9, 8:00-10:30 & 10:30-1:00 (two shifts)
Ewa Makai Middle School, 91-6291 Kapolei Parkway
Kailua CERT Exercise
September 23, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Kailua High School ROTC Building

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Active hurricane season likely in store for isles

With a tropical storm forming Tuesday in the eastern Pacific earlier than ever recorded, can the first hurricane threat of the season be far behind? As a matter of fact, forecasters say Hawaii is likely to see an active hurricane season if signs of a developing El Nino continue to hold true.

“There’s an increasing chance of El Nino developing in the late summer or fall,” Hawaii state climatologist Pao-Shin Chu said Tuesday. “If that’s the case, it’s not good for us.” National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Foster said that while the Central Pacific Hurricane Center has yet to make its official forecast for the season, climate forecasters so far indicate that the trend is toward El Nino conditions. If that’s true, there is likely to be a greater number of tropical storms in our future.

The El Nino weather phenomenon occurs every two to seven years when warm Pacific Ocean water pools at the equator and ends up changing weather patterns around the world. In Hawaii, El Nino translates into summer heat, warmer ocean water, summer rainfall and a greater threat of tropical cyclones, followed by winter drought and large ocean swells.

Two years ago Hawaii endured one of the strongest El Nino episodes on record, and the islands saw weather anomalies in the extreme, including the wettest summer in 30 years, winter waves large enough to run the Eddie Aikau big-wave surfing contest and a record number of hurricanes plying the Central Pacific.

The Central Pacific hosts four to five named tropical storms in a typical year. But 2015 witnessed 14 named storms, including eight hurricanes, Five of which became major hurricanes. It was the most active season since reliable record keeping began in 1971.

Last year brought a weak La Nina episode — El Nino’s polar opposite. But the Central Pacific still saw an above-average hurricane season with six tropical cyclones, probably due to a phenomenon involving residual warm water left over from the El Nino season.

Conditions are now considered neutral, and most experts weren’t expecting such a quick turnaround for another El Nino year. In fact, the El Nino-La Nina-El Nino sequence in three successive years has occurred only once since 1950 — in the mid-1960s, according to the National Weather Service.

Chu, a meteorology professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said among the indicators pointing to El Nino is the fact that current sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific are a half-degree warmer on average than usual. It looks like there is a good chance it will develop into El Nino,” he said.

Chu said the upcoming El Nino episode is highly unlikely to be as strong as the one in 2015, but it appears likely to arrive just in time to give Hawaii’s peak hurricane season month of August an extra boost. “June and July will be crucial months to see how this El Nino develops,” he said. “We will have to keep watch.”

As for Tropical Storm Adrian, the storm that formed off the Central American coast Tuesday — a record six days before the start of the eastern Pacific hurricane season — experts say there is little, if any, relation to the Central Pacific hurricane season, which officially starts June 1.

National Weather Service officials said that during the last two months, strong warming occurred in the eastern Paci􀃒c Ocean near the west coast of Central and South America. That makes ideal conditions for tropical storm formation, they said.

Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher with Colorado State University, said there have been eight seasons since 1980 with named storms forming prior to May 20 in the northeast Pacific. Of those eight seasons, only three ended up well above average, he said, while the other five saw near- to below-average storms in the Central Pacific.

As of Tuesday night the National Weather Service predicted Adrian would move up the coast of Central America, growing into a hurricane by Friday and threatening Mexico by Sunday night.


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November CERT Training

There is a special Manoa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training scheduled for November 6, 13 and 20 beginning at 7:45 am. The first two classes will be held in the Manoa Innovation Center presentation room. The final session will be a field exercise at Battery Harlow on Diamond Head. More information on CERT can be found here and here.


Posted in Events, General.

November HHARP

The next Hawaii Hazard Awareness Resilience Program (HHARP) is scheduled for November 16 at 6:00 pm in the Japanese Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2655 Manoa Rd. The date has been changed from the normal fourth Wednesday to the third Wednesday due to the proximity of Thanksgiving. There will not be a HHARP session in December.

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September HHARP

The next Hawaii Hazard Awareness Resilience Program (HHARP) is scheduled for September 28 at 6:00 pm in the Japanese Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2655 Manoa Rd.

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Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP)

During 2016 Be Ready Manoa will sponsoring a series of seminars to help Manoa prepare for natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis. The official purpose of HHARP is as follows:

The aim of the Hawaii Hazards Awareness and Resilience Program (HHARP) is to help communities prepare to be self-reliant during and after natural hazard events, improve their ability to take care of their own needs, and reduce the negative impacts of disasters.

HHARP can enhance community resilience through education and outreach sessions that build awareness and understanding of hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. State and county emergency management agencies have partnered to administer HHARP in support of community leaders willing to implement the program.

These seminars will be held on the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning on March 23 at the Manoa Library from 6:00 PM TO 7:30 pm. There will be featured speakers from the National Weather Service, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the Department of Emergency Management (City) and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (State).

A tentative schedule (as of 8/26/2016) for HHARP sessions in the remainder of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 is shown below. At the conclusion of these sessions we expect that the State will certify Manoa as an all hazards resilient community.

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Hurricane Iselle Aftermath

Many on Oahu think that hurricane Iselle was just another false alarm and that there was really nothing to worry about.  Tell that to the folks in Puna, many of whom are still without food, water and electricity.  As the following video shows, there are hundreds if not thousands of trees down, blocking roads and damaging houses.  And this was only a category 1 storm.  The trees down are mostly Albezia trees of which Manoa has more than its fair share.

Are you ready?

Operation Puna video


Posted in Hurricane.