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MECO Offers Free Emergency Handbook in 5 Languages

December 13, 2012, 12:55 PM HST
* Updated December 13, 12:56 PM
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MECO workers, file photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

Non-English speaking residents and visitors will have greater access to emergency information with the translation and publication of the Maui Electric Company Emergency Handbook in different languages.

The reprint in English, Ilocano, Korean, Cantonese, and Vietnamese is intended to serve the growing diversity of ethnic groups on Maui.

The book features helpful tips and checklists, and also includes information on how to prepare for storms, hurricanes or other emergencies.

Additional features include electrical safety information, details on the location of statewide public emergency shelters, and emergency contact information.

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Some tips to remember include the following:

  • Check and restock your emergency supplies at least once a year.
  • Have family meetings about preparing for an emergency and discuss evacuation plans ahead of time.
  • Prescription medication is sometimes overlooked during evacuations; make a list and include it with your emergency kit.
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“This book provides quick and useful information on how you can prepare your home and business before an emergency happens,” said Sharon Suzuki, MECO President. “Anything can happen at any time and its best to be prepared,” she said.

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