Island urged to prepare for Hurricane Felicia

Abigail Gwin
Abigail Gwin
Maria Lutz
Maria Lutz

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - There's no predicting what we face with Hurricane Felicia or even if it will hit our islands. But, it's still the season be prepared.

"This is survival shopping. Purified drinking water. One small blanket. First aid kit and something for the kids," said Red Cross Volunteer Abigail Gwin.

There are a lot needs when it comes to surviving a natural disaster. Just ask Abigail Gwin, a Red Cross volunteer during Hurricane Ike.

"I want everyone to be safe while we're waiting out this storm," said Gwin.

But not everything is a necessity. So let's cut it down to the ones that are most crucial. The first is a "Water Bob."

"We're not going top have our own fresh water but we will for a short period of time," said Gwin.

A plastic liner goes in the tub or shower and holds about 100-gallons of drinking water.

"It's sealed and has a siphon," said Gwin.

It's good for a 4-week supply.

"Water is the most important item you can't do without, even more so than food," said Gwin.

Keeping extra family medication is a must.

"How many days can you go without your medicine? If you have a heart condition or any condition whatsoever," said Gwin

Remember, shelters are sometimes simply a roof over your head.

"They need to bring everything with them, bedding, water, food," said Red Cross Disaster Services Director Maria Lutz.

Hawaii residents are recommended to keep a five day food supply per person. Don't forget to refresh your rations.

"Make sure the food is not outdated, make sure it's not been attacked by bugs or animals," said Gwin.

Hurricane Felicia may still be far away, but there's an important reminder, especially for those on the Big Island.

"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. But don't turn around and say a week down the road I wish I would have because you can't go back and do it," said Gwin.

The Red Cross recommends the following items for a Disaster Kit:

Water-one gallon per person, per day (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)

Food-nonperishable, easytoprepare items (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)


Batterypowered or handcrank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications (7day supply) and medical items

Multipurpose tool

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

Cell phone with chargers

Family and emergency contact information

Extra cash

Emergency blanket

Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

Games and activities for children

Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

Twoway radios

Extra set of car keys and house keys

Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:


N95 or surgical masks


Rain gear


Work gloves

Tools/supplies for securing your home

Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

Plastic sheeting

Duct tape


Household liquid bleach

Entertainment items

Blankets or sleeping bags