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HSDB Hurricane Preparedness

Important DOE Web Pages
Hawaii DOE Homepage: http://doe.k12.hi.us/

DOE School Closure Webpage: (click here)
- Reload/Refresh page often to get most current information/news.

HSDB Homepage: http://www.hcdb.k12.hi.us/
- Reload/Refresh page often to get most current news/announcements.

HSDB Hurricane Preparedness Webpage: http://www.hcdb.k12.hi.us/hurricane.html

Oahu Civil Defense Hurricane Preparedness Pages
(click here to see PDF file)
Hawaii County Civil Defense Hurricane Preparedness Guide
click here to see PDF file)
Civil Defense - Hurricane Preparedness - 1Civil Defense - Hurricane Preparedness - 2Hawaii County Civil Defense Hurricane Preparedness Guide

(from HSDB Handbook)
1. During the months from June to November, listen to your radio or watch television each morning for weather news report. Hurricane (high winds and rain) information will be broadcast. If a hurricane reaches tidal wave size, island-wide disaster warning system will begin. KEEP YOUR RADIO/TELEVISION TURNED ON and listen for latest Weather Bureau warnings; if power is off, use car radio.

2. PAY NO ATTENTION TO RUMORS. Get official information.

3. Get away from low-lying beaches or other locations which may be swept by high tides or storm waves. If passage to high ground is over a road likely to be under water, leave early. DON’T RUN THE RISK OF BEING CAUGHT/STUCK.

4. Be alert for high water in areas where steams or rivers may flood after heavy rains.

5. Get in extra food, especially items which can be eaten without cooking or with very little preparation.

6. Board up windows or put storm shutters in place. When you board up, use good lumber securely fastened. Makeshift boarding may do more damage than none at all.  Have strong bracing for outside doors. Place sand bags at outer doorways. If time and material are not available to board up house, close all windows. Pull shades and drapes and securely fasten blankets or quilts over windows from inside. This will afford some protection from flying glass. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

7. Sterilize the bathtub, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils (scrub and rinse out with boiling water) and fill with drinking water as city water service may be disrupted.

8. CAUTION: If flood waters reach water heater, throw main switch. Put on leather or rubber gloves and shoes FIRST.

9. Have flashlights and/or other emergency lights in working condition and keep them handy.

10. Be sure to have gasoline in your car. If electric power is off, filling stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.

11. Check on everything that might blow away or be torn loose. Garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture, awnings and other objects become weapons of destruction in hurricane winds. Store them all inside if possible.

12. Be sure that a window or door can be opened on the side of the house OPPOSITE the one facing the wind.

13. If the center, or "eye”, of the storm passes directly over, there will be a lull in the wind lasting from a few minutes to half an hour or more. Stay in a safe place.  Make emergency repairs during lull if necessary, but remember the wind will return suddenly from the OPPOSITE direction, frequently with even greater violence.

14. In the event it is necessary to evacuate, turn off gas, electricity and water. If emergency cooking facilities are available, be sure they are in working order. Take with you food which can be eaten without cooking or with very little preparation, bottled water, First Aid kit, blankets, extra warm clothing, and flashlights.

15. BE CALM. Your ability to meet emergencies will inspire and help others.

1. Seek medical care at Red Cross disaster stations or hospitals for persons injured during the storm.

2. DON’T TOUCH LOOSE OR DANGLING WIRES. Report such damage to the Hawaiian Electric Company, or nearest police officer.

3. Report broken sewer or water mains to the City & County Sewers Division or the Board of Water Supply.

4. Guard against spoiled food in mechanical refrigerators if power has been off any length of time.

5. Unless you are qualified to render valuable emergency assistance, stay away from disaster areas where you may hamper first aid or rescue work.

6. Drive automobiles cautiously. Debris filled streets are dangerous, so keep your eyes on the road. Along the coast soil may be washed from beneath the pavement which may collapse under the weight of vehicles.

7. Be alert to prevent fires. Lowered water pressure makes fire fighting difficult after storms.

8. Take down shutters and save the lumber. Store in a handy place for future use.  Store sandbags for future use.

Additional Hurricane Information Webpages
- Tropical Storms, Worldwide: http://www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/tropical.html
  (click on area in map for more details)

- National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

- National Hurricane Center - Eastern Pacific: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml?epac
  (this is where most storms that effect Hawaii start)

Pacific-Wide Satellite Loop Image: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/tpac/loop-vis.html
  (from NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

- Latest Satellite Imagery (pictures): http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/satellite.shtml

- Central Pacific Hurricane Center: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/cphc/
  (when storms move west of 140 longitude - into Hawaii's region)

- Honolulu Advertiser: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com
   - Honolulu Advertiser - Hurricane Section: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/section/hurricane

- Honolulu Star Bulletin: http://www.starbulletin.com

- KHON-2 TV News: http://www.khon2.com

- KGMB-9 TV News: http://kgmb9.com

Central Pacific Hurricane Center: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/pages/pr5.php
  (actions to take when a hurricane nears Hawaii)

- National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml
  (disaster supply kit)

- Pacific Disaster Center: http://www.pdc.org/iweb/hurricane_awareness.jsp
  (hurricane awareness information)

- Hawaii Red Cross: http://www.hawaiiredcross.org/splash/page1.html
  (Get a kit, Make a plan, Be informed)

- Hawaii State Civil Defense: http://www.scd.state.hi.us/preparedness.html
  (preparing for disasters)

- Hawaii - Department of Human Services: http://hawaii.gov/dhs/main/Internal/Disaster
  (Civil Defense and hurricane preparedness)

Hurricanes In Hawaii http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/MET/Faculty/businger/poster/hurricane/
  (a history of hurricanes in Hawaii)

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