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Hurricane Preparation Tips for Hawaii Residents

The more you know, the better you can plan for what's ahead.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in Hawaii runs from June through November, but unfortunately, a hurricane can strike anytime on the islands. Your safety and protection is our main concern. Did you know that a standard homeowner's policy will not cover damage caused by a hurricane? To make sure your home and personal items are insured during a hurricane, contact our sister agency, HIC (Hawaii Insurance Consultants) at 808-543-9789 or visit https://www.farmershawaii.com/hurricane-insurance for more information.

To help you and your ohana be prepared, check out these tips from the American Red Cross Hawaii.

Find Your Nearest Evacuation Shelter

To find the nearest evacuation shelter to you, download a list of hurricane evacuation shelters and tsunami refuge areas from your local Civil Defense website . You can also tune in to the radio during an emergency to see which shelters are open.

Set Up a Disaster Kit

To best prepare yourself for a hurricane, it is recommended to have 2 weeks' worth of supplies at home stored in a safe place and ready to take to a shelter. If you live or work within a Tsunami Evacuation Zone, it is recommended to have a 3-day disaster emergency kit ready/prepared and with you in case an evacuation is declared.

Disaster Kit essentials:

  • Face mask
  • Sanitizing wipes or gel
  • Water
  • Food
  • Tools to open food supplies (i.e. can opener)
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications and Medical Items
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Multi-Purpose Tool
  • Hygiene Items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell Phone with chargers
  • Money
  • Family Contact Information
  • Cash
  • Bedding Supplies
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Towels
  • Dishes
  • Tools
  • Children & pet items: Baby supplies, games/toys, pet supplies

Plan Before a Storm

Being disaster-ready includes preparing a plan of action ahead of time. The following tips will help you cover all the bases in case of an emergency.

  • Sit down with family and discuss what will most likely happen where you live, work, and play.
  • Identify Responsibilities to each person in the household.
  • Make sure you account for any disabilities, special requirements a family member has.
  • Plan in case family members are separated during a storm.
  • Select an out-of-hurricane-state contact so that they are accessible via phone.
  • Plan on how and where you would evacuate.
  • Practice your evacuation plan.

Stay on Top of The News

Keep up to date with the latest, and local hurricane news in your area by following:

  • Local media sources
    • TV
    • Radio
  • Social Media
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
  • Civil Defense sirens
  • Civil Defense Emergency Emails & text messages

Red Cross Mobile Apps?

To make sure you're protected on the go, download the free Red Cross Mobile Apps today.

Visit https://www.redcross.org/local/hawaii.html for more information and tips on how to be hurricane ready.