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Hurricane Safety Preparedness Checklist

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Hurricane Safety Preparedness Checklist

HAWAI'I (KITV4) - The Central Pacific Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 until November 30.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) in Honolulu and National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami monitor possible storms even during the off-season.

General

Know the (Civil Defense) warning signals and where evacuation shelters are located

Place important documents such as insurance papers in waterproof bags or containers

Fill up the gas tank of your car

Keep cash or travelers checks on hand

Outside the home

Tie down or store all loose objects

Bring potted plants into the house

Fill up the gas tank of your car

Remove and store lanai furniture

Throw deck furniture into the pool

Cover all windows and door openings with boards, shutters or other shielding materials

For cooking, purchase butane, propane or a canned heat stove and enough fuel for 3-5 days, or a charcoal grill and charcoal. Do not use these units indoors

Properly secure propane tanks in a cool, dry and well-ventilated storage area

If you have photovoltaic panels installed on your roof, consult your licensed solar contractor regarding normal and emergency operation procedures for your system

Inside the home

Check emergency equipment — such as flashlights, emergency generators, battery-operated, hand-crank, or solar-powered radios, light sticks and lanterns

Unplug electric appliances you may not need or use

Stock up on non-perishable foods, medications, personal hygiene, sanitary and baby supplies to last up to 14 days

Purchase bottled water or store enough for one gallon per person per day, for about 5-7 days

Keep a first aid kit and special medications

Pack a manual can opener and bottle opener

Turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting; in the event of a power outage, food will keep fresh longer

Stock an ice chest with ice or frozen ice packs

Wedge a dowel or a piece of broom handle into the track of sliding glass doors to secure them

Store matches or a lighter in a waterproof container. Keep a whistle to signal for help

If you own a pet, have extra pet food and water

Special considerations

Since Spring of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces

Medical patients

Home health care patients should discuss emergency plans with your physician or agency representative beforehand and make appropriate arrangements

If necessary, make prior arrangements with a hospital to stay there if you must evacuate

If you must go to a hospital or emergency facility, be sure to take your medicines and medical equipment/supplies with you

Condominium managers

Place fire exit signs and escape route maps in the hallways of each floor

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