PREPARE FOR HIGH WINDS
- Put all loose items in yard into garage or secure storage area.
- Cover windows with plywood screwed into frame or with permanent shutters.
- In case windows do shatter, some experts advise taping the interior glass with a grid pattern of masking, duct or strapping tape to keep most of the shards from flying randomly into the room.
- Strengthen garage doors or part car against door inside the garage.
- Put trash cans, lawn furniture away.
- Place extra pet food and water where pets can find shelter away from storm (most public shelters do not permit pets.)
- Fill bathtubs with water to flush toilets, sponge baths.
FAMILY EVACUATION PLAN
- Prepare a plan together that will identify the route to a public shelter and include a map; identify two other potential shelters in case the first cannot be reached.
- Make sure each family member possesses either a cell phone or access to one phone number that everyone can call, i.e. a family member in another community or on another island, in case of separation.
HOME SURVIVAL KIT
- Water, a three-day supply at one gallon per person, per day.
- Flashlight, with extra batteries.
- Portable radio, with extra batteries.
- Lantern, with extra fuel and mantles.
- Matches or lighters.
- Can opener, non-electric.
- Leatherman or similar type multi-tool.
- First-aid kit.
- Extra prescription medications, enough for five days or more.
- Five days of non-perishable foods.
- Ice chest, blue-ice packs in household freezer.
- Sleeping bags or blankets and sleeping pad/futon.
- Change of clothing for each family member.
- Extra shoes, bootes, etc. for each family member.
- Hibachi or barbecue, with charcoal and lighter.
- Personal hygiene supplies.
- Disposable plates, napkins, kitchen utensils, paper towels, etc.
- Extra plastic bags.
- Several rolls of duct or heavy-duty masking tape.
- Extra set of car keys.
- Spare pair of prescription glasses.
- Pet food.
- List of family physicians and their phone numbers.
- Copies of personal identification, proof of residency.
- One photo of each family member in cae of separation.
More Weather-Related Items:
|Link: Central Pacific Hurricane Center Website|
Hawaii County Civil Defense has designated a number of facilities as hurricane shelters. In case of a hurricane, announcements will be made listing which shelters are being opened. Evacuation sites include:
- Kealakehe High, Intermediate and Elementary schools
- Kahakai Elementary
- Konawaena High
- Holualoa Elementary
- Honaunau Elementary
- Hookena Elementary
NORTH AND SOUTH KOHALA:
- Waikoloa Elementary
- Waimea Elementary and Intermediate schools
- Waimea State Office
- Kohala Elementary and Intermediate schools
- Honokaa High and Intermediate schools
- Kalanianole Elementary
Evacuation site openings will be announced on Big Island radio stations, but to plan ahead, the nearest public school with reinforced buildings will act as a shelter.
Civil Defense recommends residents should evacuate to the nearest shelter if they live in low-lying coastal areas, ridgelines exposed to strong winds, low-lying areas subject to flooding, an din wooden or lightly constructed buildings.
For further information, or a complete "Hurricate Preparedness Guide," call Civil Defense at 935-0031.