List of emergency shelters open on the Big Island

Flossie 10PM Update: Ben Gutierrez from the Big Island

Due to Tropical Storm Flossie, the Hawaii County Civil Defense has decided to open the following evacuation shelters at 4:00 a.m. Monday:

Pahoa Community Center

Aunty Sally's Luau Hale

Laupahoehoe Charter School

Honokaa Sports Complex

Waimea Community Center

Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala

Mt. View School

Pahala Community Center

West Hawaii Civic Center

People are strongly encouraged to bring their disaster supply kits with them to the shelters; disaster kits should include non-perishable, ready-to-eat food items.

The Red Cross encourages everyone to be prepared before disasters strike:  Get a disaster kit, make a plan and be informed.

Get a disaster kit.  Every family should have their own disaster kit.  As other emergency response organizations have reported, families are asked to bring their own disaster supplies kit to a shelter, if asked to evacuate. Have 7 days' worth of supplies at home to shelter in place or in a compact portable container to take to a shelter. If you live or work within the Tsunami Evacuation Zone, have a 1-3 day Disaster Emergency Kit that you can grab and walk out of the inundation zone. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).

  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food - non-perishable
  • Flashlight
  • Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications & Medical items
  • Manual Can opener
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family Contact Information
  • Cash
  • Bedding
  • Change of clothes
  • Towels
  • Dishes

You may also need:

  • Baby supplies - bottles, baby food & diapers
  • Games and activities
  • Comfort items
  • Pet supplies - collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications

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