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HECO offers preparedness tips ahead of Tropical Storm Flossie

With Tropical Storm Flossie approaching Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company urges all of its customers to review their preparations for emergencies. Customers should refer to the National Weather Service for official updates on the progress of the storm.

The best time to prepare for an emergency is before one occurs. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Gather emergency supplies, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights, lanterns, and batteries. Store enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine for your family members and pets to last seven days.
  • Before a storm hits or if there is a power outage, unplug all unnecessary electric equipment and appliances until the storm has passed or until power is firmly restored.
  • Take time now to plan where you will take shelter if your home is subject to coastal storm surges or inland flooding. You can get a list of emergency shelters in your area from the Hawaii State Civil Defense at scd.hawaii.gov, or call 733-4300. As a tropical storm approaches, listen to emergency TV and radio broadcasts to learn which shelters have been opened. Should you need to evacuate, take emergency supplies and remember to shut off electricity at the main breaker or switch.
  • Make plans in advance to go to a safe location where electricity will be available if someone in your home depends on an electrically powered life support system and you don't have a backup generator. Some shelters are designed for people with health needs—just remember to take your own medical equipment and medications.
  • Plan to seek safe shelter for your pets. During a tropical storm, pets may not be safe outdoors in doghouses or pens.

Hawaiian Electric's free "Information Handbook for Emergency Preparedness" includes these tips and more. It can be downloaded at http://emergencypreparedness.hawaiianelectric.com.

The handbook includes key numbers to have on hand, checklists for emergency supplies (such as a home survival kit and first aid kit), electrical safety information, power outage preparedness and recovery information, household and food safety tips, and references and links to related resources, such as the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and civil defense agencies.

Those without Internet access may receive a free copy of the handbook by visiting Hawaiian Electric's Ward Avenue and King Street customer service locations or by calling 543-7511.

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