A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Kaua'i County as of 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.

Kaua'i Mayor Bernard Carvalho signed an emergency proclamation on Monday to provide relief for disaster damages and significant impacts caused by Tropical Storm Olivia.

“It has been a relentless hurricane season for us all on Kaua'i, and I understand how many may start to feel overwhelmed or even indifferent to these weather alerts,” stated Mayor Carvalho. “However, do not let your guard down. It is very important to stay informed and to be prepared for any impacts that could come our way.”

County of Kaua'i officials are closely monitoring the storm and are urging all residents and visitors to begin precautionary measures and stay informed. According to weather officials, Kaua'i could feel effects of the storm by Wednesday, but forecast uncertainty remains high at this time.

This is what you'll need:

·        Emergency Preparedness Kits – Emergency preparedness kits should contain at least a 14-day supply of food and water (to include non-perishable food and one gallon of water per person per day). Kits should also include a battery powered radio, flashlight, an extra supply of prescription medicines and other items specific to individual and family needs. Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.

·        Check Your Property – Walk your property, checking for small outdoor items that could be picked up by high winds, and check for potential flood threats. If time and conditions permit, clear your gutters and other drainage systems.

·        Make an Action Plan – Discuss with family members what you plan to do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Make an action plan, which should include details such as whether your family will shelter in place or evacuate to a shelter. There are no plans to open shelters at this time; however, the county will work with the American Red Cross to open shelters on an as-needed basis and will announce a list of open shelters if or when they become available.

·        School Notifications – Visit the Hawai'i State Department of Education website, http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org, and social media, https://www.facebook.com/HIDOE808and https://twitter.com/HIDOE808, for the latest information on possible school closures. Parents should make sure that their contact information on file with their child’s school is up-to-date, and that they understand the school’s closure notification procedure.

·        Visitor Information – Visitors are urged to confirm flight arrangements with their airlines prior to heading to the airport. Visitors should review the Hawai'i Tourism Authority’s travel safety tips at http://www.travelsmarthawaii.com. A copy of their brochure can also be downloaded from the site.

·        Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative – KIUC members should prepare for potential storm impacts and possible power outages. Please see more information at the end of this news release, or visit http://website.kiuc.coop/.

·        Kaua'i Department of Water – DOW officials advise that during a weather emergency, strong winds and/or flooding can disrupt electrical power to DOW pumps and equipment, road-access to water sources, and may impact water quality. For more information on preparedness tips for a water emergency, please visit www.kauaiwater.org or see more information at the end of this news release.