Siren test set for tomorrow
The state Civil Defense will test its sirens and the Emergency Alert System at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow.
The test is a steady 45-second blast on all sirens.
In a real emergency, the sirens warn residents of a situation that poses or may pose a threat to life and property.
When the alert sounds, people should turn on their radio or television for information and instructions.
The test is conducted monthly in cooperation with the broadcast industry.
Civil Defense disaster preparedness information is printed in the front section of the white pages of telephone directories.
Healthcare forum tonight
Healthcare issues pending this legislative session will be discussed in a public forum at 7 tonight at the Ka'ahumanu Elementary School cafeteria, 1141 Kinau St.
The meeting is sponsored by Sen. Carol Fukunaga, D-12th (Makiki, Ala Moana, Tantalus), and Rep. Ken Hiraki, D-25th (Downtown, Ala Moana). Topics will include prescription drugs, long-term health care and health insurance rates.
Guest speakers will include Joe DeMattos of the AARP; Marilyn Seely, director of the Executive Office of Aging; and Hawai'i insurance commissioner Wayne Metcalf.
Other legislative topics and updates will be taken up at the end of the meeting.
For more information, call 586-6890.
Nurse classes on 'fragile' kids
Two courses to teach nurses to care for children with fragile medical conditions are being offered at Kapi'olani Community College.
A Medically Fragile Child Nursing Care course is offered 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 14 and costs $350. Instruction will include handling tracheotomies, oxygen and gastric feeding tubes and observing ventilator care.
A course called Medically Fragile Child Care Clinical will give nurses clinical exposure to fragile children in homes, schools and long-term-care facilities. The course will run Feb. 19 through April 30, with the hours to be arranged. The course costs $400.
State money to pay nurses to take the courses is offered through the Employment & Training Fund.
For more information, call Charene Luke at 734-9138.
Buzz's pays for patrol signs
Buzz's Original Steak House in Kailua has agreed to purchase two pairs of magnetic signs for the newly formed Kailua Citizens on Patrol, which is operating weekend nights at the boat ramp in Kailua Beach Park.
The patrol had indicated a need for the signs to alert people to the fact that K-COP is patrolling the area.
The signs will be attached to the volunteers' automobiles. The group is on duty from about 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
K-COP acts as the eyes and ears for police, calling in any suspicious illegal activity at the boat ramp and its adjoining parking lot for such things as drinking and disturbing the peace.
Buzz's owner, Bobby Lou Yeackel, said the restaurant wants to support the volunteers who are helping to keep the neighborhood safe. Buzz's has been located across the street from the beach park for 39 years.
"We've got such a good reputation down there, so when things happen everybody has to participate," Yeackel said.
Pearl City has board vacancy
The Pearl City Neighborhood Board is hoping to fill a vacant board seat at its monthly meeting at 6:30 tonight.
Interested residents should attend tonight's meeting at the Pearl City Public Library at 1138 Waimano Home Road.
Term of office for the at-large seat will run from the date of appointment to May 2003.
For more information, contact board chairman Albert Fukushima at 455-7753 or the city Neighborhood Commission office at 523-4089.
Hawai'i Kai to get water work
The Board of Water Supply has hired RMY Construction to install $1.1 million worth of water mains and fire hydrants along Hawai'i Kai Drive and neighboring streets where work is ongoing.
The project, which began Dec. 3, is part of the water supply board's efforts to replacing aging water pipes. Work will continue around Makaniolu Place, May Way and parts of Kawaihae Street. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 27.