Prepare for Hurricane Season

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
Prepared for a hurricane?

Prepared for a hurricane?

Department of Defense
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
News Release

HONOLULU — Hurricane season has arrived and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency recommends residents prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water and other supplies.

“The reason we’re increasing the recommendation to 14 days (previously seven) is based on the documented experience from other states and jurisdictions that have gone through similar disasters,” said Vern Miyagi, the HI-EMA administrator.

Miyagi went on to say that depending on the damage, it will likely take two weeks or longer for the critical infrastructure to be fully or partially operational.”

Hurricane season annually runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

Emergency kit
Miyagi recommended putting together an emergency kit now and maintaining it throughout the hurricane season to avoid long lines at stores and gas stations shortly before and after a potential tropical storm event.

Other recommendations include:
•Please do not return supplies to the store after a hurricane or storm passes.
•Keep supplies for the entire season and plan to partially consume and replenish to keep the items fresh.
•The time to prepare your kit is now.
•Get ahead of the game.
•Don’t try to purchase your 14 days of supplies or fill your tanks with gas the day before the hurricane arrives.
HI-EMA also recommends residents and visitors take action to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone.
Talk with family members and develop a clear understanding what you will do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Prepare an action plan that includes details such as whether your family plans to shelter in place or evacuate.
Know if your home is in an inundation zone, flood zone, or susceptible to high winds and other hazards. Know if your home is retrofitted with hurricane resistant clips or straps.
Stay tuned to local media and their websites/applications regarding weather updates.
Sign up for local notification systems (i.e., HNL Info, Blackboard CTY).
Get to know your neighbors and community so you can help each other.
Download the “Ready Hawaii” app from the iTunes or Google Play! store. This app can aid in your emergency planning and will list shelters opened for evacuation.
Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. Clear your gutters and other drainage systems.  Remove and secure loose items.  Keep your car gas tanks filled.
Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget 14 days of food and water for your furry family members.
Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
Secure your important documents in protective containers.

Visitors should download and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at
Build an emergency kit – now.

“Know where to go, know what to do, and know when to do it …. ahead of time. Now is the time to prepare,” Miyagi adds.

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