June 1st marks the start of hurricane season here in Hawaii, which lasts through November. Last year, the islands became dangerously close to being struck with a devastating hurricane Douglas, which thankfully changed course and avoided a deadly threat to the islands. There was however substantive damaged caused by floods due to heavy rains that the state’s critical infrastructure simply was not prepared for. Hurricane Douglas’ downpour caused flooding across the islands of Oahu and Kauai. It is important to point out that state representatives, business officials, and even community members put fourth their best efforts in staying up to date with the most current information, thanks to various state and local alter systems that are downloadable across various platforms. This year, the National Weather Service is predicting there will be between 2 and 5 storms during this hurricane season. Hawaii residents are being urged to stay prepared.
Here are some tips on how to get and stay prepared for hurricane season now:
- Have a to go bag ready for yourself and each member of the family. It is important to be able to pick up and go quickly should there be an emergency situation.
- Check your generators early. Right now, would be a good time to check to be sure your generators and alternative power supplies are in working order. Do not wait until a hurricane is on its way to find out you may need gas, or worse, a new unit all together.
- Obtain some type of wireless radio device. Should you lose power, a radio will allow you to keep updated on the situation as it unfolds, live.
- Have a first aid kit ready. Always have this ready. Injuries are especially common during hurricanes and severe storms.
- Have at least a three day supply of non-perishable food per person. It is important to keep a food supply for each family member.
- Have your prescription drugs ready. Pharmacies will likely be inaccessible if a hurricane should strike.
- Prepare a pet supply bag. Pets are a part of your family too. When you prepare for yourself and your family, you should also prepare for your pets.
- Conduct training exercises and develop business continuity plans. Training exercises need to include not only training on what to do in the event of a hurricane, but also emergency evacuation plans should you be advised to leave the premises.
- Secure vital records. Hurricanes can be extremely unpredictable. Securing vital records protects important company documents.
To view KLEAN’s hurricane checklist on the 2020 Emergency Resource Guide, click here: http://kleanhawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/KLEAN2020-ERG__Final_0806201.pdf#page=87
To view the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) video on what supplies you should have to prepare, click here: https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/what-supplies-do-i-need-to-be-ready-for-a-hurricane/