Prepare for Tropical Storm Iselle

Links to the latest National Weather Service forecast: Makaha, Wai’anae, Maili, Nanakuli, Kalaeloa, Kapolei.  For the Central Pacific Hurricane Center click here.

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Tropical Preparedness Tips from CPHC (Central Pacific Hurricane Center)

  • Develop a family disaster preparedness plan now.
  • Determine evacuation routes from your home and places to meet. Determine the location of official shelters.
  • Have an out of state contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  • Make a plan for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
  • Check your insurance coverage; flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
  • During a hurricane or tropical storm event, if you live inland away from the beach, and away from low-lying areas, and your home is well constructed, stay at home.
  • Once a hurricane or tropical storm arrives in your area, remain indoors in an interior room. Blowing debris can be deadly. Travel should be avoided. Plan now and have a disaster supply kit on hand.
  • Every home should have a disaster supply kit for hurricanes, flash floods, tsunamis, and power outages.
  • Store at least a week’s supply of food and water; a first aid kit with medicines especially any prescription drugs; special items for babies, the elderly and pets; flashlights; a battery powered radio with extra batteries; and a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Keep some cash on hand. Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. Important documents should be placed in a waterproof container. Take time now! Be prepared!
  • Secure loose outdoor objects that might be blown away by high winds, and become flying debris.
  • Boats should be moored securely, or moved to a designated safe area well before the storm arrives.
  • Windows should be boarded up. Larger windows may be broken by wind pressure, while smaller windows are mainly damaged by wind driven debris.
  • If evacuation is required, be sure to take your disaster supply kit when leaving for a designated shelter. Keep in mind that evacuation routes may become flooded or cut off, even before the full force of the tropical cyclone arrives.

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Official Hurricane Evacuation Shelters

Source: KHON2, 8/7/14
The following American Red Cross hurricane shelters will be available and open for evacuees on Thursday, August 7 at 10 p.m.

  • Campbell High School: 91-980 North Rd Ewa Beach Kapolei
  • Kaimuki High School: 2705 Kaimuki Avenue Honolulu Kaimuki (pet-friendly)
  • Kaiser High School: 511 Lunalilo Home Road Honolulu Kaiser
  • McKinley High School: 1039 South King St Honolulu McKinley
  • Castle High School: 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr Kaneohe Castle
  • Mililani High School: 95-1200 Meheula Parkway Mililani Mililani
  • Pearl City High School: 2100 Hookiekie Street Pearl City Pearl City (pet-friendly)
  • Waialua High School/Intermediate: 67-160 Farrington Highway Waialua Waialua (pet-friendly)
  • Nanakuli High School/Middle: 89-980 Nanakuli Avenue Waianae Nanakuli (pet-friendly)
  • BYU-HAWAII: 55-220 Kulanui Street Laie Kahuku (pet-friendly)

Special evacuation shuttles will begin operating at 10 p.m. Thursday night to serve the designated shelter locations. If you need transportation to an evacuation shelter TheBus will provide free transportation. These buses will display an EVACUATION sign. Riders need only flag a bus down anywhere along the route they are traveling and they will be taken to the nearest evacuation shelter. Riders will be allowed to bring one bag and pets as long as they are on a leash or in a pet crate or carrier. Designated evacuation routing for each of the ten shelters will be issued soon.

For a list of Statewide evacuation centers, click here.

TheBus – Free shuttles to the shelter in your area will begin operating at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night. These buses will display an EVACUATION sign. Flag a bus down anywhere along the bus route and you will be taken to the nearest evacuation shelter. Riders will be allowed to bring one bag and pets as long as they are on a leash or in a pet crate or carrier. Designated evacuation routing for each of the ten shelters will be issued soon.

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7-Day Disaster Supply Kit

Source: Hawaii News Now, 8/4/14

  • Water – One gallon of water per person per day for seven days for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food – Non-perishable food that does not require cooking. Popular local foods such as Spam, corned beef and Vienna sausage.
  • Eating Utensils – Plates, mess kits, forks and chop sticks. Don’t forget a non-electric can opener for canned foods.
  • Radio – Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather alert.
  • Light – Flashlight and/or a portable fluorescent or LED light Spare batteries.
  • Check annually First Aid – Get a first aid kit and consider enrolling in a certified first aid, CPR and AED course.
  • Whistle – Important for signaling for help. A whistle carries much farther than the human voice and uses less energy than yelling.
  • Dust Mask – Helps to filter contaminated air Sanitation – Moist towelettes, toilet paper, 5-gallon bucket, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation Tools – Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, duct tape
  • Maps – Local area maps
  • Prescription – Special medications and glasses
  • Baby – Infant formula and diapers
  • Pets – Pet food and extra water for your pet

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Weather News Sources

National Weather Service: Makaha, Wai’anae, Maili, Nanakuli, Kalaeloa, Kapolei.
Central Pacific Hurricane Center
KITV4 – Waianae Coast
TV and Radio: State emergency management officials advise residents to monitor local media reports. Emergency public information will be broadcast over TV and radio, and additional emergency information is available on NOAA weather radios which are available from many Oahu electronics and department stores.
Residents can also sign up to receive emergency email and text messages sent directly to your cell phone from Nixle. Go to www.nixle.com/dem to set up an account. Emergency alerts sent directly from the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management and other local agencies to your mobile phone or email.
Hawaii state Department of Emergency Management (DEM) will also issue information updates via Twitter and Facebook. But DEM’s Twitter and Facbook pages should not be used to request emergency assistance.

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