STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR LINGLE ON HURRICANE FELICIA

August 5, 2009, 10:51 PM HST · Updated August 5, 11:16 PM
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Governor Linda Lingle Issued the following statement today as the state prepares for the possible impacts of Hurricane Felicia:

“My Cabinet and I have been receiving regular updates, including one today during a Cabinet meeting, from State Civil Defense and the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Storm Enrique.  At this time, there is no cause for alarm, but it is important for residents and businesses to remain vigilant and to monitor the path of these storm systems, while taking steps to prepare.

“As we currently are in hurricane season, which runs through November, residents should prepare a family disaster plan, which should be discussed in detail with every family member.

“Families are also advised to prepare a disaster supply kit with enough food and water for three to seven days. The emergency kit should also include medicine, toiletries, clothes, blankets, a radio, a flashlight, spare batteries and pet supplies in case an evacuation is necessary.

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“In addition, residents should take the time to locate the nearest emergency shelter.  A complete list of shelters statewide, including those designated for individuals with special health needs as well as for pets, can be found on the Internet at www.scd.hawaii.gov .

“The State will continue to monitor Hurricane Felicia and Tropical Storm Enrique and we will keep Hawai’i residents updated on new developments.”

(Media Release Issued by the Office of the Governor, State of Hawaii 3:29 p.m. 8/5/09;  Posted by Wendy Osher)

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