Malama Monday: Hurricane Prep

August 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Malama Monday | Leave a comment
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hurricaneIt’s hurricane season here in Hawaii and we have just had our first close call–Hurricane Felicia. It was downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to move over us during the next 24 hours. But it was enough to remind us to make sure we have the proper emergency supplies ready and waiting for if and when the next storm occurs. Plus, it’s an El Nino year, so more storm activity is expected throughout the hurricane season. 

 

Steps for hurricane preparedness include the following:

  • DEVELOP A FAMILY PLAN – Your family’s plan should be based on your vulnerability to the Hurricane Hazards. You should keep a written plan and share your plan with other friends or family.
  • CREATE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT – There are certain items you need to have regardless of where you ride out a hurricane. The disaster supply kit is a useful tool when you evacuate as well as making you as safe as possible in your home.
  • SECURE YOUR HOME – There are things that you can do to make your home more secure and able to withstand stronger storms.
  • ONLINE VULNERABILITY INFO – There are web sites that can give you information about your communities vulnerability to specific hazards. These include hurricanes as well as other weather related hazards.

 

The following supplies should be ready and easily accessible in the event of a tropical storm/hurricane:

  • A three-day supply of water. One gallon per person per day
  •  Ready-to-eat non-perishable foods such as canned meats, tuna, fruits and vegetables canned juices, condensed milk, soup and paper plates, cups and cutlery
  •  First aid kit
  •  Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Hand cranked weather radio
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  •  Prescription and non-prescription medication items
  • Copies of important documents, including deeds, stocks, bonds birth certificates, insurance policies and social security cards
  • Fully charged cell phone and extra batteries
  • Sanitation items such as toilet paper, towelettes, soap, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, plastic garbage bags, disinfectant and household chlorine bleach
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
  • A change of clothes for everyone, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy footwear  and rain gear
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person

For Hawaii residents, it’s recommended to have at least 7-days worth of supplies in case our shipping schedule is interrupted. 


Resources for more information:

NOAA Central Pacific Hurricane Center 

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness 

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