HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hurricane shelters on Maui have closed after the cancellation of severe weather warnings for the eastern end of the state.
Maui County and Hawaii Island have been cleared of major threats from Douglas. Tropical storm and hurricane warnings there have been canceled.
Meanwhile, Oahu and Kauai shelters remain open.
Shelters on Oahu are located at:
- Mililani High School: 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy
- Moanalua High School: 2825 Ala Ilima St
- Waialua High and Intermediate: 67-160 Farrington Hwy
- Honolulu Convention Center: 1801 Kalakaua Ave
- Niu Valley Middle School: 310 Halemaumau St
- Campbell High School: 91-980 North Rd
- Nanakuli High School: 89-980 Nanakuli Ave
- Pearl City High School: 2100 Hookiekie St
- Leihoku Elementary School: 86-285 Leihoku St
- Castle High School: 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr
- Kalaheo High School: 730 Iliaina St
- King Intermediate School: 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy
- Pope Elementary School: 41-133 Huli St
Kauai shelters have opened at:
- The Kilauea Neighborhood Center
- The Kalaheo Neighborhood Center
- The Kauai Community College
City officials say the shelters should be a last resort. They’re urging people who can to shelter in place or with friends or family.
No shelters were opened on Hawaii Island.
Pets will be allowed at most of the Oahu shelters and ones outlined on Maui, but they must be securely leashed or in a cage. Staff from the Hawaiian Humane Society will be on hand at the select locations.
To people who shelter in place, Mayor Caldwell said they should remain there until the worst of the danger has passed. But if sheltering in place becomes too dangerous, he urged people to head to a shelter as soon as possible.
“If it starts to appear not safe, and the onslaught is not severe enough, you should be ready to evacuate to one of those shelters. And that’s kind of a judgement call,” Mayor Caldwell said.
“Whether it’s rising waters from a stream; whether it’s waves coming from the ocean; or whether it’s strong gusty winds because you’re on a ridge, you need to make a determination,” he added, “but don’t wait until it’s too dangerous. Wait when your gut is saying it’s now time to leave.”
If you become trapped by rising waters or injured by blowing debris, he says to call 911 and emergency crews will do their best to respond.
And this year, there is additional concern about how to ensure the shelters remain free of coronavirus.
Mayor Caldwell said the sites will not be equipped to take anyone who is quarantining or those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
If you’re headed to a shelter, here’s what to expect:
- Before entering, you’ll undergo a temperature check and a health screening.
- Social distancing will be required and there will be limitations on how many people can enter.
- You’ll need to bring your own supplies, including masks and hand sanitizer.
- You also need to bring your own food, water, bedding and medications.
- Your pet must be in a carrier.
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