Don’t Wait To Prepare For Oahu’s Next Hurricane


District Matters…Rep. Lauren Matsumoto

While Iselle and Julio have passed over our Islands this month, creating panic and stress, one good thing definitely came out of them: a reminder to always be prepared. Hurricane season continues until Nov. 30.

It’s important always to have the right supplies and plan for times of emergency. Here are tips to stay safe:

First, make sure to keep a collection of basic supplies in an accessible place in your home. Include enough water to allow for one gallon per person per day, nonperishable food, important documents in a waterproof container, batteries, some cash, medications and extra clothes. This is just the bare minimum, so check out for a more detailed list.

Pets, elderly relatives and infants require unique planning. Pack a week’s supply of medications, entertainment for young children, baby formula and any other supplies you would regularly need. As for animals: Keep extra pet food (in an airtight and waterproof container), a pet carrier, leash, collar, toys, treats and an ID tag in case of separation. Extra medication also may be critical for older relatives.

Create an emergency plan and educate your children about it. List who you would call and what you would do in case of an emergency.

Be aware of any threats of emergency — whether it be in the form of a hurricane or any natural disaster — by following weather forecasts and knowing the evacuation shelter sites. Emergency preparedness is about keeping you and your ohana safe, and setting aside a day to compile your emergency kit and plan is a small cost for security.

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