Hurricane preparedness tips as Central Pacific season begins

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The American Red Cross is detailing readiness tips to help residents stay prepared for a future natural disaster.

The Red Cross says that there are three things people should be doing to stay prepared – "build an emergency preparedness kit, make a plan as to what your family will do in an emergency, and be informed about what resources are available in your community and what types of disasters could occur there."

Any emergency preparedness kit should contain the following items:

  • Enough supplies for 5-7 days in case you need to evacuate.
  • Water (one gallon, per person, per day)
  • Nonperishable food
  • A flashlight, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and extra batteries
  • First aid kit, including a 7-day supply of medications
  • Bedding
  • A multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of important personal documents (passport, license, deeds, wills, insurance, household inventory), maps and cash in a waterproof sealable plastic bag
  • Items for pets including food, crate, and leash.

"Being prepared today can save lives tomorrow," said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO for the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross.  "You are your best defense against emergencies.  The Red Cross can show you what simple steps you need to take to prepare yourself and your loved ones for emergencies."

Any emergency plan should include details for all members of a household, according to the Red Cross.

Make sure each person knows how to reach household members, including an out-of-area emergency contact person, and knows where to meet if they can't go home.  Being informed is important.  Learn about what resources are available and what types of disasters are most likely to occur where you live, learn, work and play. Take a first aid and CPR/AED course—a vital component of disaster preparedness in case emergency help is delayed.

Last year's Japan tsunami caused $30 million in damage on Hawaii.

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