HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the 2016 hurricane season underway, it's always a good idea to start preparing in case a natural disaster occurs. The Hawaiian Electric Company is offering some tips to help residents get prepared.
- Gather emergency supplies, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights, lanterns, and batteries. Be prepared to monitor storm-related communications issued over emergency broadcast radio stations.
- Store enough water, non-perishable food, medicine, and personal hygiene supplies for your family members and pets to last at least seven days.
- Routinely use high-quality surge protectors to help protect household appliances that incorporate electronics, computer equipment, home entertainment systems, and motors.
- Unplug all unnecessary electric appliances and equipment during a storm or a power outage. Do not plug the equipment back in until power has been restored and remains on steadily.
- Consider having a backup generator if you are dependent on an electrically powered life support system. Or, make plans to go to an alternate location where electricity will be available. Be prepared to take your medical equipment and medications with you.
- If you need to evacuate to safer shelter, shut off your electricity at the main breaker or switch.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.