(BIVN) – The Hawaii County Council granted $3,000 in Contingency Relief account funds in support of a Mass Violence Training Symposium set be held on the Big Island in a few weeks.
The agenda items were scheduled to go before the council before the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival massacre in Las Vegas occurred. 59 people were killed and over 500 hundred injured in the incident, which is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
On Wednesday in Hilo, the council passed Resolution 296-17, which transfers $2,000 from the contingency relief account of Councilwoman Maile David to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. The funds will be used to provide a grant to the YWCA of Hawaii Island for the Mass Violence Training Symposium to be held on October 26 and 27 at the Kilauea Military Camp in Volcano.
In Res. 297-17, Councilman Tim Richards put forward $1,000 in contingency relief funds for the same cause.
The objective of the event is to coordinate efforts and protocols in Hawai`i to prepare for and respond to terrorism and mass-violence crimes at the local, state, and federal levels, according to the council resolution.
The YWCA will use the funds to assist with the food, drinks and snacks for the two day event. The YWCA “will be working with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney to provide services for victims and their families such as counseling, crisis intervention, and education,” the document states.
“Its sad to report that this is probably an appropriate time to address (the issue), considering what happened in Vegas this weekend,” said Deborah Chai, a victim-witness counselor with the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s office, during the council meeting. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. When events like that happen, we think not only of the families and what they’re going through, but we often look at what are we going to do if it happens here.”
Chai said there will also be two days of training on Oahu. Chai suggested the gathering will be looking at mass casualty events that could occur as a result of a catastrophic natural disaster.