HONOLULU — The Department of Public Safety is looking to fill Adult Correction Officer (ACO) vacancies on Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. The recruitment will open on the Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) jobseekers webpage tomorrow morning and will end on Friday, October 10 at midnight.
To qualify, you must meet all of the requirements listed on DRHD’s webpage. The qualify applicants must be a high school graduate or have a GED. Applicants must have one year of responsible work experience which shows that the applicant possesses the ability to relate effectively with people in following the instructions of a supervisor and giving or exchanging information.
For a full list of requirements and information on how to apply to become an ACO, please go to the DHRD Jobseeker listings by clicking on the link below.
Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) – http://dhrd.hawaii.gov/job-seekers/.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Hawaii to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Iselle during the period of August 7-9, 2014.
The President’s action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle in Hawaii and Maui counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Kenneth K. Suiso has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Suiso said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII DECLARATION
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s disaster declaration issued for the state of Hawaii.
Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
How to Apply for Assistance:
Application procedures for state and local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed an emergency proclamation in preparation for the June 27 lava flow crossing Highway 130 near Pahoa, potentially isolating communities in lower Puna from the rest of Hawaii County.
The proclamation suspends certain laws as needed for emergency purposes, including state restrictions on reestablishing abandoned roads that may be used should lava cross Highway 130. It also activates the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the state Legislature for disaster relief and facilitates access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels.
“State agencies are working with the County of Hawaii to provide alternative access to lower Puna if lava crosses the main highway,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “This proclamation will ensure that isolated communities receive a continuation of services.
“Health officials are also advising all residents living near the lava flow to plan ahead for potential smoke from burning vegetation and low levels of sulfur dioxide. Conditions for nearby communities may vary widely due to the unpredictability of wind and weather.”
The disaster emergency relief period specified in the proclamation begins today and continues through Oct. 15, 2014.
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HONOLULU – A lawsuit filed Thursday, August 21 by Pahoa residents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i Foundation (“ACLU”) asks the State Supreme Court to allow any registered voter affected by Tropical Storm Iselle to cast a vote that will be included in the August 2014 primary results. The lawsuit also asks the Court to find that the Legislature failed in its constitutional obligation to protect the fundamental right to vote by delegating all decisions relating to natural disasters to the Office of Elections. The lawsuit concerns the fundamental right to vote and the disenfranchisement of hundreds and potentially thousands of affected voters. The lawsuit does not challenge the results of any particular race nor does it endorse any campaign.
On August 6, 2014, Governor Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation, in advance of two anticipated storms projected to impact Hawai‘i: Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. The proclamation – valid from August 6 through August 15 – included a statement that “the danger of disaster is of such magnitude to warrant preemptive and protective action in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people[.]”
Facing massive damage from Iselle on August 8, and thousands of Hawai‘i County residents dealing with historic flooding, power outages, property damage, and road closures – some of which continue even now – the Chief Elections Officer determined that the primary would go on as scheduled on August 9. the Chief Elections Officer went on to change the rules of the election (who could vote, where and how) at least two more times over the course of three days.
This series of decisions led to the denial of the right to vote for many Hawai‘i County residents. Indeed, Precinct 04-03 had among its lowest voter turnout ever.
Daniel Gluck, Senior Staff Attorney said: “Although the votes in question may not change the outcome of any of the various races, the ACLU filed this suit because the right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. Every vote counts equally – this is about an individual exercising a fundamental right and not about the results of any single race. The government has a duty to respond to conditions on the ground to make sure people can vote. Here the government failed to do that, and changes are needed now to preserve the integrity of future elections.”
The ACLU, as a non-partisan organization, has regularly intervened to protect the rights of the electorate. Within the last ten years, the ACLU successfully challenged proposed amendments to the State Constitution because the electorate was misinformed or because the amendment was improperly passed by the Legislature. The ACLU also successfully challenged the use of public funds to advocate for particular results in an election. The right to vote is critical to the mission of the ACLU.
Phone lines will be open between 4:30-8 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. at (808) 591-6336. Look for on-air coverage during Wake Up 2Day and updates during KHON2 News at 5 and 6 p.m.
Besides distributing over 18,000 relief items like tarps, batteries, water, ice, coolers, and bleach, and serving over 4,000 meals and snacks, Red Cross volunteer nurses and mental health workers have helped 900 residents with health assessments and crisis counseling. Since August 7th, there have been 2,508 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.
In the midst of Iselle and Julio, the local Red Cross volunteers also responded to 8 residential fires within a span of 9 days. The Red Cross is the only non-profit that is on call 24/7, 365 days/year to respond to disasters big and small.
The Hawaii Red Cross is continuing to distribute relief supplies to targeted areas on the Big Island and Red Cross caseworkers are continuing to follow up with anyone affected by the storms to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.
The Red Cross has over 200 workers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94% are volunteers.
Stay up to date with the latest information by following “Hawaii Red Cross” on Facebook and Twitter!
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Red Cross Shelter at the Pahoa Community Center will be closing on Monday, August 18th at 12 noon. Red Cross client caseworkers are working with shelter residents who cannot return to their homes due to the storm, to help with alternative arrangements.
On Saturday night, there were 23 overnight residents at the shelter. Since August 7th, there have been 2,463 overnight stays at 32 Red Cross shelters statewide.
Volunteer Red Cross nurses and mental health professionals have helped 889 people with health assessments and emotional support. The Red Cross has over 200 workers assisting in response to this disaster and about 94% are volunteers.
At the Red Cross shelters and distribution centers, 3,986 meals and snacks were served and 13,146 relief items were distributed, including tarps, batteries, flashlights, water, ice, comfort kits, clean up kits, bleach, work gloves and trash bags to those in need thanks to corporate partners like Foodland, Walmart, Safeway, P&G/Duracell, Home Depot, Target, CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs and Chevron.
In the days following, the Red Cross will be continuing to distribute relief supplies to targeted areas.
Big Island Red Cross Caseworkers are also continuing to visit the hardest hit areas to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.
Stay up to date with the latest information by following “Hawaii Red Cross” on Facebook and Twitter or by going to our website at www.redcross.org/hawaii. Contact the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter by calling (808)-734-2101(808)-734-2101 or visit us at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816.
How You Can Help
Donations to the Hawaii Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts are also being accepted at local Foodland stores and Malama Markets from now until August 30th.
Help people affected by disasters like tropical storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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