Emergency Preparedness

As Hurricane Madeline and Hurricane Lester approach the Hawaiian Islands, now is the time to create an emergency preparedness plan for your family.

  • Be informed, sign up for your installation/community emergency notification system 
  • Learn the emergency communication plans, warning procedures, evacuation routes and shelter locations near you
  • Keep important contacts handy, including your children’s school, utilities and emergency services
  • Prepare an emergency kit and make sure its stocked with supplies for at least three days
  • Create and review your family’s emergency plan
  • Make plans for your pets
  • Use technology to stay safe
  • Create a home inventory and review insurance plans

Before a Hurricane:

  • Pay attention to voluntary and mandatory evacuation notices
  • Fill your car’s gas tank
  • Withdraw cash in case of an extended power outage
  • Trim trees, clean gutters and bring in outdoor furniture, plants, toys and equipment. Offer help to neighbors making the same preparations

During a Hurricane:

  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and keep doors closed to preserve food as long as possible
  • Keep flashlights handy
  • Charge cell phones before you lose power and use them sparingly
  • Fill your bathtub with water so you have clean water for cleaning or flushing toilets should you lose water access
  • Set up “camp” in a secure, interior area of your house away from glass doors and windows
  • Tune in to weather updates

 To sign up for Department of Emergency Management notifications text your zip code to 888777 or visit www.nixle.com/dem

 Visit the Hawaii Guard Ohana Natural Disaster Preparedness site for a listing of Hurricane Evacuation Shelters locations on each of the Hawaiian islands (including those with special health needs and pet friendly shelters).

Don’t forget to check out local installation emergency preparedness resources/procedures…

Stephanie Muckey
Hawaii Military OneSource Consultant