As we continue to keep a close monitoring of Hurricane Douglas, be sure to update your disaster supply kit and follow our list of things to do during a Hurricane Warning to keep yourself and property safe!
Hurricane Preparedness Kit Checklist for your Hawai’i home!
Your disaster supply kit should contain enough of the following items to last for a minimum of 14 days. These items include:
>> Water: One gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation use. Water is bulky but it’s definitely not something to skimp on in case of an emergency.
>> Food: Nonperishable food that does not require cooking. Also “survival foods” such as peanut butter, protein shakes, dried fruits and nuts.
>> Eating utensils: Plates, mess kits, forks and chopsticks. Nonelectrical can opener is a must.
>> Radio: Battery-powered or hand-crank radio with NOAA weather alert.
>> Light: Flashlight or portable fluorescent light.
>> Batteries: Have plenty and check them annually.
>> First-aid kit: Get a well-stocked kit. Consider enrolling in a first-aid certification course.
>> Whistle: It’s important for signaling for help because the sound carries much farther than the human voice.
>> Dust mask: Helps filter contaminated air.
>> Sanitation items: Including moist towelettes, heavy-duty garbage bags, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, baking soda or kitty litter to absorb odors, gloves and plastic ties.
>> Maps: Local area maps.
>> Tools: Including a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, and duct tape.
>> Prescriptions: Including special medications, glasses and medical devices.
>> Pet supplies: Food, extra water and medication.
>> Miscellaneous items: Including infant formula, diapers, incontinence supplies and feminine products.
Source: Department of Emergency Management, City and County of Honolulu
And then once you've established your kit, here's a list of Things to Do During an actual Hurricane Warning:
-Turn refrigerator and freezer settings to the coldest levels. Freeze water in plastic containers
-Bring in any outdoor objects that could become projectiles in high winds (Mailboxes, garage cans, lawn furniture and tools. Anchor anything that cannot be brought inside)
-Cover all windows and doors
-Keep all windows closed during the storm
-Disconnect natural gas to individual appliances at the supply valves near each unit. Do not turn off the main gas line. Disconnect propane gas to individual appliances
-Remove External antennas
-Remove valuable hanging photos from walls
-Wedge sliding class doors with a bar.
-Lower the water level in your pool. Turn off the electricity to the pool and cover the pump equipment with waterproof material.
-Maintain a "safe room" in your home and keep your hurricane kit handy in this designated area. Other essentials for this room are sturdy shoes and something like a pillow or mattress to cover your head as well as fire extinguisher.
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