Most Residents Disaster Ready

Calvin Sumida
Calvin Sumida

by Kristine Uyeno

WAIPAHU (KHNL) - So many people, even in the hurricane-prone Southeast, were ill-prepared for a storm with the intensity of duration of a Katrina.

The last 12 months have reminded us all of the importance of preparation and leads us to ask, how prepared are residents?

The people we talked to say they have the basic necessities.

Calvin Sumida of Waipahu says hurricanes Iwa and Iniki better prepared him for a disaster.

"I have all the necessities, lot of food stuff in here, my flashlight, my lantern, my water out there," said Sumida.

The Sumida family has 18 gallons of water in their storage room which is enough for their family since it's recommended you have one gallon of water per person per day.

But not everyone is stocked up on supplies. Even though Mother Nature's been making headlines lately, some residents aren't taking the time to get disaster ready.

"So basically I don't have plates. I don't have plastic utensils, napkins," said Jon Katayama, Moanalua resident. "Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic ointment."

Katayama says he's just been crossing his fingers and hoping for the best.

"Being aware of this is probably important. I'm probably going to go to Wal-Mart right after this and go get a bunch of stuff," said Katayama.

Being disaster ready isn't just about stocking up on food and water. It's also about knowing where to go in an emergency.

You can check with State Civil Defense or your phone book, which has tsunami evacuation routes.