Emergency management training keeps JBPHH prepared for the worst

Col. David Kirkendall, 647th Air Base Group commander, speaks with attendees of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Ombudsman Key Spouse Community Preparedness Training at the Hickam Memorial Theater, JBPH-H, Hawaii, March 12, 2014. The training, conducted by Daniel DuBois, JBPH-H emergency management officer, covered response strategies and scenarios regarding possible disasters that could strike the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez)

03/14/14

By Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez, 15th Wing Public Affairs

Keeping in line with Ready Navy and Air Force Be Ready disaster preparedness programs, the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam emergency management office conducted Ombudsman Key Spouse Community Preparedness Training at the Hickam Memorial Theater March. 12.

"It's very important to stay prepared and know what to do in the event of an emergency," said Col. David Kirkendall, 647th Air Base Group commander, who gave the opening statements during the brief. "With this training, you'll have the information you need to weather a storm, figuratively and literally."

The training was open to community ombudsmen, key spouses and members of the Family Readiness Group here.

The training covered response strategies and scenarios regarding possible disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornados, floods and active shooters.

Daniel DuBois, the JBPH-H emergency management officer, conducted the training, and highlighted three main emergency preparation actions: be informed, have a plan and make a kit.

"You are the 'tip of the spear' in the community," DuBois said. "I need you to take this information on staying prepared back to your people and commands."

Dubois said there's an even greater importance for JBPH-H and the state of Hawaii to stay prepared because of our geographic isolation in the Pacific.

"If there's a big storm or a hurricane, we can't just simply evacuate inland," he said. "We're limited in space and there's really no place to go."

Dubois also highlighted active shooter risks and measures to take in the event of an active shooter scenario.

"Lately there's been an increased awareness of active shooter risks," he said. "It can happen at the commissary or the [Navy Exchange], but the key is staying alert and preparing for the worst."

Other upcoming emergency management training will be Senior Leaders Training March 14, and a Quarterly Emergency Management Working Group March 26.

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