HAWAI’I EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO PREPARE NOW FOR DISASTERS

Posted on Mar 10, 2021 in 2021 March Severe Weather/Flooding, Information and News Releases, Main, News Stories

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency

 

DAVID Y. IGE

GOVERNOR

MAJOR GENERAL KENNETH S. HARA

DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

LUKE P. MEYERS

ADMINISTRATOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 09, 2021

HAWAI’I EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY REMINDS RESIDENTS TO PREPARE NOW FOR DISASTERS

 

Honolulu – The severe weather and consequent flooding across the state serves as a stark reminder that disasters can strike at any time of day, and any time of year. The Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) encourages every citizen to take steps right now to prepare for any emergency and protect your ohana and property.

 

Floods are one of the most common hazards in Hawai’i

  • During heavy rains, or human-made structure failures such as a dam breach, flash flooding can occur quickly and without warning.
  • Be prepared to evacuate and move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to act.
  • Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot – Turn around, do not drown!
  • Contact your property/casualty agent or broker about flood insurance, which is offered through the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

Sign up for Emergency Notifications

  • Please visit https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/get-ready/ for links to each County website for free text-based notifications for the latest updates on natural and human-caused emergencies and disasters.

 

Make a Plan

  • Plan escape routes – ensure all family members know where to go and how to get out.
  • Meeting place – choose a physical location to meet if communication between family members is down.
  • Family communication – identify a family member who lives out-of-state who everyone can notify when they are safe.

 

Pack a 14-day ‘Go-Kit’ for your family

  • Change of clothes and sturdy shoes
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Face coverings, gloves, and sanitizer
  • First aid kit
  • Battery powered or crank powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Whistle
  • Important documents

 

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Media Contact:

Douglas Carroll

Public information Officer (TA)

[email protected]

(808) 285-1516

 

 

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