With storms approaching, hurricane supply sales haven’t gone up in some stores
Are you prepared if a storm hits the islands? Usually stores are packed with shoppers as a storm approaches to stock up on essentials. But it’s been quite calm Thursday.
John Allison lived in Hawaii since the 1970s and says he has survived many hurricanes.
"Iwa, Iniki, a few and some other ones that almost came and never showed up,” Allison said.
He says he's always prepared.
"One day it will be here and you just never know when that's gonna happen. You better be prepared. Not just for food and all that but you make sure your house is ready. Get all the flying objects out of the house. Put them away because when the storm comes, there ain't gonna be time for that,” Allison said.
Why beat the rush for supplies? For some shoppers, it’s better safe than sorry. One of the Iwilei Costco managers thinks people are either already prepared or waiting until storms get closer.
“Our house is on the older side so you always want to be ready... We've been lucky that nothing has ever really happen to where we need to be prepared but it's always good to be prepared,” Kamuela Peck, a Honolulu resident, said.
During the Hurricane Lane scare last year, some Costco stores on Oahu sold out of water but as Erick and Flossie approaches, shelves are still full.
At City Mill in Iwilei, hurricane preparedness items like portable radios, water utility pumps and flood barriers sold out early but now they're back in stock.
“In preparing for a hurricane, there's a lot of things to buy and I look at it as insurance. We hope we never need it but we do, we have it,” Steven Ai, City Mill president and CEO, said.
Some things to include in your emergency prepardness kit include a first aid kit, duct tape and a utility lighter. The kit at City Mill costs just under $100.
“I don't think anybody want to spend a hundred dollars that has an expiration date of a year. We'll just wait till it comes and we'll get those things,” Bigshot Wright, a Honolulu resident, said.
As potential bad weather approaches, the time is now for some people to dip into their rainy day funds.
The Central Pacific hurricane season runs through November 30th.