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Residents urged to prepare for disasters as 2015 hurricane season begins

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Emergency management officials encourage Hawaii residents to prepare and update their disaster preparedness kits and emergency plans as the 2015 hurricane season begins this week. 

National Weather Service officials are predicting an above-normal hurricane season for the Central Pacific that includes Hawaii. Hurricane season is from June through November.
 
According to the Hawaii State Civil Defense website, “When preparing a disaster preparedness kit, first plan for the essentials for survival. Think practical first and think comfortable second. All essential needs should be able to fit in a 5-gallon bucket. Absolute necessities include food, water and warmth.”
 
Officials recommend that individuals be able to sustain themselves for three to seven days without power during a disaster.

Basic essentials include the following:
 
Hurricane Prep Kit:

  • 3-7 day supply
  • Items to fit in 5 gallon container
  • Water - 1 gallon/ day/ person
  • Food - canned goods / can opener
  • Clothes - rain gear / warm jackets
  • Communication devices
  • Backup power supplies
  • Medicine / first aid
  • Cash
  • Family evacuation plan
 
For more detailed information and emergency preparedness advice, check out the Hawaii State Civil Defense website which contains several links to various agencies that can help residents prepare for a disaster such as a hurricane.  

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