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HI-EMA say the state does not have enough shelters if a category 3 or above hurricane hits the island

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It's a situation some lawmakers are calling extremely disturbing.

"We have to begin now preparing for the worst and we haven't," Rep. Matt LoPresti said.

LoPresti among others are concerned about a nightmare scenario, a category three or above hurricane hitting Hawaii.

"We are alone, we don't have the mainland behind us, we don't have railroads and work forces," LoPresti said.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency unveiled scenarios showing a direct hit could shut down Honolulu Harbor and cause food and water to reach critical levels within five days.

HI-EMA also said our current amount of shelters do not meet potential demand.

Restoring electricity could take months as 60 percent of power plants are in inundation zones and 100 percent of Hawaii's fuel is imported.

HI-EMA added fuel shortages would be expected to happen before the 20 day mark.

"Understand that, the government can't do everything, that they have to invest in their own rescue so to speak," David Lopez, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said. 

State emergency managers typically urge the public to gather 14 days of emergency supplies including food and water.

Following the briefing, some lawmakers say that number should be upwards of 30 days.

"That's shocking but it's a fact, I think we need to get the message out to people so they can be prepared, protect themselves and their families," LoPresti said. 

The goal of the meeting was to educate lawmakers about the problems Hawaii faces so they can use that information to better prepare the state.