Red Cross Recommends Steps for Hurricane Disasters

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- June 1st marks the start of Hurricane Season in the Pacific.  The American Red Cross is recommending simple steps people should take to prepare themselves and their families if Hawaii is hit by a major disaster.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted three to four tropical cyclones for Hawaii this year but Red Cross says it just takes one to affect our islands and cause substantial damages.

Red Cross recommends three simple actions to take to "Be Red Cross Ready."

Assemble a family disaster supplies kit:  A disaster supplies kit should include non-perishable food and bottled water for a minimum of five to seven days, non-electric can opener, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, tools, extra clothing and bedding, prescription and non-prescription medications, pet supplies, cash, sanitary supplies, copies of important papers, contact information, maps and other special items for infants, pets and elderly or disabled family members.

Prepare a personal evacuation plan:  Planning ahead of time makes it easier to make decisions in a potentially stressful time and helps to know what to do if separated from others in the household. Decide ahead of time where you could go if you could go if you are told to evacuate.  Choose two places, one within your neighborhood and one outside of your neighborhood, maybe a friend's house.  If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Be informed:  Learning vital lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR/AED can help people take care of their loved ones after a disaster occurs and can equip them to become resources to their communities.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, you can contact the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross at 739-8114 or click on the Hawaii Red Cross link.