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Honolulu Department of Emergency Management Partners with Target for September National Disaster Preparedness Month 

(Thurs., September 15, 2011)---The City of Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Management today announced that it will partner with Target to build awareness for community disaster preparedness.


           “We were understandably pleased to receive the call and partnership offer from Target”, said Melvin Kaku, director for the Department of Emergency.  “Government and private sector partnerships such as this one with Target not only help our community, they also assist our department in spreading the word about disaster awareness and preparedness”.  “This is a vitally important message for our Oahu residents as we just commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9-11 and we are still in hurricane season”, said Kaku.


           Target has a long-standing commitment to helping communities prepare for disasters. As part of the company’s commitment to the local community, Target will donate 700 emergency preparedness kits for distribution at two upcoming Oahu preparedness events. The kits are filled with a variety of travel-sized personal care items like soap, deodorant and toothpaste as well as non-perishable food items and bottled water.


           “In honor of National Preparedness Month in September Target is pleased to partner with the City of Honolulu and cities across the U.S. to build awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness,” said Tawny Porter, assets protection business partner for Target stores Hawaii”. “At Target, we listen, we act and we give. Before and after a crisis, communities can count on Target.”


           Department of Emergency Management personnel and Target team members will provide disaster awareness information and preparedness kits at the following Oahu events in September:


Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Kailua Community Disaster Fair at Kailua Town Center near Whole Foods


Saturday, September 24, 2011    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

"Get Ready Ewa Beach" Emergency Preparedness Fair at Ewa Makai Middle School at 91-6291 Kapolei Parkway          


John M. Cummings III

Public Information Officer

Department of Emergency Management

808-723-8960 Office