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State officials and the power company urged residents of Hawaii to assemble emergency kits and make other preparations as the hurricane season began on Tuesday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted two to five tropical cyclones for the central Pacific hurricane season, which will end on November 30.
“Each year is a new opportunity to prepare for the many dangers we face in Hawaii”, Luke Meyers, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said in a press release Tuesday. “The actions we take with our family and friends can help reduce the impacts that will occur during this hurricane season.”
The agency recommends that residents:
• Know the dangers of where they live, work and play, such as trees, large loose objects or other items that can be knocked over and cause damage to property or people or areas that collect. water or are prone to flooding or landslides. They should also check the condition of their gas lines and eliminate potential fire hazards around their home.
• Sign up for county alerts by visiting portal.ehawaii.gov/page/alerts/.
• Make an emergency plan and review it as a family. The plan should include details like a safe and accessible meeting place for the reunion, the location of the nearest shelter, and a communication plan to let other family members know they are safe.
• Prepare an emergency kit with supplies that can last at least two weeks, including water (one gallon per person per day), non-perishable foods, manual can opener, first aid kit, medicines and / or special medical equipment such as an inhaler or EpiPen, battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, extra batteries, flashlight, tools, warm clothes and sturdy shoes, hygiene items personal, toilet paper, pet supplies, fire extinguisher, cash, ID and other important documents sealed in a waterproof plastic bag, comfort and entertainment items, charging cords for personal electronic devices and personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. People should also have a bag ready for work and their vehicle and should store potentially hazardous items such as gas or propane tanks in a safe, dry place out of the reach of children.
• Consider flood and / or hurricane insurance at floodsmart.gov/hawaii.
• Take steps to strengthen homes against inclement weather, including considering a renovation or hurricane clips.
Hawaiian Electric said on Tuesday that a major focus of its efforts to build resilience against storms is to strengthen poles, lines and other equipment. The utility spent $ 18 million in 2020 to remove trees and vegetation around power lines and equipment.
In Maui and Molokai, crews installed heavier, insulated conductors in areas of high tree density to help prevent vegetation-related outages in areas prone to falling trees and branches during winds. violent. On Lanai, the utility has improved the way electricity is distributed in the city of Lanai to improve reliability, including converting a 4 kilovolt power line to 12 kilovolts.
Hawaiian Electric also suggested that residents:
• Turn off and reconnect all unnecessary electrical appliances and equipment during a thunderstorm or power outage, only reconnecting them when power returns and is stable.
• Turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker or main switch if they need to drain.
• Consider having a back-up generator if they are on an electrically powered life support system or plan to move to another location where electricity will be available. They should also be prepared to take medical supplies and medicines with them.
• Learn how to properly use the back-up generator if their home or business has one.
• Prepare a list of emergency contacts, including phone numbers for insurance agents, suppliers, doctors and others.
• Assume that downed power lines are live and dangerous, and stay at least 30 feet or more away (at least two car lengths).
Customers can refer to the Company’s Emergency Preparedness Manual at hawaiianelectric.com/prepare. Printed copies are available at public libraries or by calling (808) 543-7511.
They can also get updates by following Hawaiian Electric on Twitter or through its free mobile app.