Hawaii County Civil Defense Hurricane Felicia Update

I truly believe that Mauna Kea pushes away most of these hurricanes that have many of us worked up on the Big Island,  to the point where were stocking up on rice and toilet paper… but it is better to be safe then sorry.

Some folks say that the Big Island has never been hit with a Hurricane… but wikipedia states differently:

And a quick look at just the last 60 years… does show that Big Island has suffered some damage from hurricanes in the past.

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Hawai’i County Civil Hurricane Felicia Update 4

This is a Civil Defense message.

Red Cross & Hawai’i County Civil Defense Emphasizes Hurricane Preparedness

With Hurricane season here and the potential for Hurricane Felicia to affect our state, the American Red Cross in Hawaii and Hawai’i County Civil Defense emphasizes the need for everyone to be prepared.

The American Red Cross recommends three simple actions anyone should take to “Be Red Cross Ready” for disasters and other emergencies: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed.  These three steps will help protect your family, strengthen our community, and potentially save yourself time and money.

One critical reminder to everyone, if you evacuate to a hurricane evacuation shelter there most likely will be no amenities.  This means no food service, established sleeping areas or supplies.  Hurricane Evacuation shelters simply provide safe shelter to ride out the storm and may be limited to standing room only.  It is critical that everyone take the time now to follow these steps to prepare.

Assemble a Family Disaster Supplies Kit

When a disaster strikes your community, you may not have access to food, water, electricity and other essential supplies for days, or even weeks.  A disaster supplies kit should include non-perishable food and bottled water (one gallon per person per day) for a minimum of 5-7 days, non-electric can opener, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, tools, extra clothing and bedding, prescription and non-prescription medications, pet supplies, cash, sanitary supplies, copies of important papers, contact information, maps and other special items for infants, pets, and elderly or disabled family members. This kit should be in an easy-to move container so that it can be used at home or taken with you in the event you must evacuate.

Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan

Disasters often strike quickly and without warning and, when they do, often leave a wake of chaos and emotional trauma.  People should determine their actions before a disaster occurs.  Planning ahead of time makes it easier to make decisions in a potentially stressful time and helps to know what to do if separated from others in the household.  Families can – and do – cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.  They do this by deciding in advance what they will do when their daily routines are disrupted by an emergency.  Planning what each person is to do, where each will go, and how they will get there makes a big difference.  Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose two places—one place within your neighborhood and one outside of your neighborhood, maybe a friend’s home.  If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. In case you have to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter, be sure to bring your family disaster supplies kit along with bedding.  Be sure to also make advance preparations for your pets and people with special health needs like children, frail, elderly and people with disabilities.

Be Informed

It is important that people learn about what disasters or emergencies may occur where they live, work and play.  Learning vital lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR/AED can help people take care of their loved ones after a disaster occurs and can equip them to become resources to their communities.  We also encourage people who are interested in helping out during a disaster to take free disaster training from the Red Cross and find out how you can help with sheltering, mass feeding, health services, crisis counseling and client casework.

More details are available at www.hawaiiredcross.org.  A variety of ready-made disaster kits are available for purchase and a schedule of lifesaving classes are online.  Getting prepared doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.   Preparing for the unexpected has clear personal benefits, and when everyone prepares, the benefits extend to our entire community. We hope you will do your part by taking three simple steps to “Be Red Cross Ready” during this Hurricane Season

This is a Hurricane Felicia update for Saturday afternoon, August 8, at 3:15.

Hurricane Felicia is now approximately 845 miles East of Hawai’i Island. Felica continues to move toward the west near 15 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds near 85 miles per hour. A tropical storm watch is expected to be issued later this evening. A tropical storm watch mean that tropical storm effects of wind, surf, and rain may occur anytime in 48 hours.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that Hurricane Felicia will weaken to a tropical storm or depression near the Hawaiian Islands. Due to this forecast by the National Weather Service, the following Hawai’i County Civil Defense advisories are issued:

Heavy rain is forecasted early in the work week, possibly starting Monday.  Take steps now to mitigate the effects of flooding to your property.

Wind speeds are expected to increase Monday, to what level is undetermined at this time. As a precaution take steps now to secure loose objects outside your home.

Wave heights are forecasted to increase on our Eastern shores to heights of 15 feet or greater. As a precaution all County beach parks between Whittington Beach Park in Ka’u and Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Hamakua will be closed from 2:30p.m. Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Hookena Beach Park in South Kona is included in these closures. Residents of coastal areas should be on the alert for sudden increases in surf heights.

Again, the National Weather Service continues to track Hurricane Felicia as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands. While there are no National Weather Service advisories in effect at this time, Hawai’i County Civil Defense advises residents to take the time to mitigate the effects of rain, wind, and surf to their property.

This is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

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