• 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.




  • 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.




  • 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.
  • Candles.
  • 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.
  • Cash.
  • 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


  • Waikoloa Elementary
  • Waimea Elementary and Intermediate schools
  • Waimea State Office
  • Kohala Elementary and Intermediate schools


  • Honokaa High and Intermediate schools
  • Kalanianole Elementary


  • Ka'u High



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.