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2019 Pacific Hurricane Season Is Here. Are you Prepared?

July 31, 2019, 2:17 PM HST
* Updated July 31, 2:22 PM
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Satellite imagery of Erick. PC: (7.31.19) NOAA/National Hurricane Center.

From destructive high winds and some of the worst flooding the islands have seen in years, the busy 2018 Pacific Hurricane Season taught us that a hurricane or tropical storm does not need to make a direct hit to the Hawaiian Islands to be catastrophic.

Preparing for a hurricane or a tropical storm is a significant step towards protecting your safety and minimizing its destructive effects.

Below are steps you can take before a hurricane: (courtesy Premier Restoration Hawaiʻi)

1. Make an Emergency Kit: Pack at least 14 days of food and water and all necessary emergency items.

2. Communication Plan: Choose a family member who lives out of state who everyone in your family can notify when safe.

3. Meeting Place: Choose a physical location to meet if means of communication are down.

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4. Have an escape route: Map out an escape route for each room in your home and practice drills with family members.

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Packing and thinking about the correct items to pack in your emergency kit can be time consuming.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided a list of items below that should be in your emergency kit:

 

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Extra fuel for generator and car

Information in this article is provided in part by Premier Restoration Hawaii

 

 

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