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Emergency officials: What you should do ahead of the storm

The Department of Emergency Management advises residents to follow the progress of Tropical Storm Flossie as it approaches Hawaii.

The Department of Emergency Management recommends the following preparedness actions and procedures:


  • Fill up the fuel tank in your vehicle(s).
  • Have some spare cash on hand.  The amount you would normally spend in one week is a good choice.
  • Be aware of the hazards that hurricanes and tropical storms create – destructive storm surge, severe flooding and high winds.
  • Know the location of your nearest hurricane shelter but do not automatically go there.  Locations and opening times will be broadcast over TV and radio.  See this link for Hawaii Hurricane Shelters http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/2013HurEvachelters.pdf
  • Know if you are located in a tsunami evacuation zone. Evacuation zones for hurricanes and tropical storms are the same as those for tsunami events.  Evacuation zones are printed in the yellow tabbed section of your telephone white pages.  Or see this link for an interactive evacuation zone map http://tsunami.csc.noaa.gov/
  • Consider designating an off-island friend as a family emergency contact should you be separated following a hurricane or other disaster.    When phone systems are restored family members would check in with this person.
  • Plan to care for your family pets in the event you have to evacuate your home.   Do not leave pets at home.  If your home is not safe for you it is not safe for your pets.
  • Find out if your insurance policy covers flood damage.
  • Stock a seven-day supply of non-perishable foods and emergency supplies.
  • Make sure you have a battery operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand at all times.


Visit the department's web site at www.oahuDEM.gov for more information and to view a list of Oahu hurricane shelters.


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