Prepare, Plan and Always Be Ready!!
Sunday, May 9 – Saturday, May 15th kicks off Hurricane Preparedness Week. Take action and be prepared for hurricanes, tropical cyclones or other severe events that could impact Hawaii. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency recommends residents take the following actions:
- Prepare an Emergency Kit with a minimum of 14 days of food, water and other supplies.
- Talk with family members and develop a clear understanding what you will do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Prepare an action plan that includes details such as whether your family plans to shelter in place or evacuate.
- Know if your home is in an inundation zone, flood zone, or susceptible to high winds and other hazards.
- Know if your home is retrofitted with hurricane resistant clips or straps.
For more information about retrofit options to strengthen your home:
Download your FREE Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards
- Stay tuned to local media and their websites/applications regarding weather updates.
Sign up for local notification systems.
- Get to know your neighbors and community so you can help each other.
- Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. Clear your gutters and other drainage systems. Remove and secure loose items. Keep your car gas tanks filled.
- Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
- Secure your important documents in protective containers.
- Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter.
Now is also the time to review your different policies with your insurance agent. Talk with your agent to find out the difference between Homeowner’s insurance, Flood Insurance and Hurricane Insurance.
Visit Floodsmart.gov for agent information in your area if you have more questions regarding flood insurance.