Hawaii Island and Maui are in a Hurricane Watch which means to prepare now.  Anticipate Oahu to go into a Hurricane Watch possibly later today, so encourage everyone to lower your risks of flying debris by cleaning outside your homes – secure loose objects, bring in hanging plants, outdoor furniture, etc.  Clean rain gutters too.

 

If you live in a flood prone area, ridge area, coastal area or your home me was built before 1995, tune into local news to see which hurricane shelters will be opened and evacuate to that shelter with your emergency supplies for you and each Member of your family and pets.  Remember-recommend at least 7 gallons of water per person for drinking only and 14 days of food (1200 calories / day for women and 1500 calories / day for men).  Check out www.honolulu.gov/DEM for helpful guidance or your local Civil Defense or Emergency Management Agency for your island.

 

If you do not live in a flood prone, coastal, ridge area and your home was built after 1995, consider sheltering in place in a middle room such as a interior bathroom/closet that has no windows or minimum window.  You want to put as many walls between you and that hurricane force wind.  Bring your supplies especially an AM/FM radio to ensure you know when it’s safe to come out.  Keep everything shut – doors and windows.  Don’t let the wind come in if at all possible.

 

If you have cell phones – remember texting uses less bandwidth.  Have an out of state emergency contact and coordinate with that person for your entire family to let that person know you are safe and in turn that emergency contact person sends out a blast to all of you to let you know everyone checked in and are safe.  IPhone / Android phones have an app Friend Finder allowing you to track your loved ones – suggest you do that too.  There are other apps too that do the same thing and most that I’ve seen are free.

 

Once we go into a Hurricane Warning, we have about 36 hours before it hits so the State Outdoor Warning Siren will sound.  When it does, tune in to local TV / Radio news to see which shelters will be opened.

Unsure if I’ll be able to provide you with updated info after this but please stay calm, prepare now and make sure your family and team members all know what to do and how to get updated information.  Attached are some helpful info –

 

For you HAM operators – please try to do a radio check between your community team members as well as with other community preparedness groups.  Comms will be important so charge up those radios to be sure those batteries are fully charged.

 

Planning for the worst; Praying for the best!  Stay Safe everyone!

Crystal

 

…POWERFUL HURRICANE LANE MOVING CLOSER TO THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS…
At 11am HST, Hurricane Lane was located by U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft 410 miles south-southeast of Kailua-kona Hawaii with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph and a minimum central pressure of 941 mb.

Lane is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn toward the northwest is expected Wednesday into Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Lane will move very close to or over the main Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday.

Lane is a powerful Category 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Slow weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, but Lane is forecast to remain a dangerous Hurricane as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hurricane Watch
*Maui County…including the islands of Maui
Lanai
Molokai andKahoolawe*Hawaii County

Rainfall
Excessive rainfall associated with Lane is expected to affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from Wednesday into the weekend, leading to flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches over the Hawaiian Islands.

Surf
Large swells generated by Lane will impact the Hawaiian Islands, beginning tonight on the Big Island and spreading across the remainder of the island chain Wednesday through Thursday. These swells will produce large and potentially damaging surf along exposed west, south and east facing shorelines.

Tropical Storm Wind Probabilities
Hilo 23%
South Point 77%
Kailua-Kona 73%
Kahului 42%
Hana 57%
Lanai City 73%
Kaunakakai 69%
Honolulu 53%
Barking Sands 57%
Niihau 55%

Crystal van Beelen

Disaster Preparedness Officer

Department of Emergency Management

City & County of Honolulu

Bus.:                808-723-8956

Cell:                  808-499-7435

Fax:                  808-524-3439

Email:               cvanbeelen@honolulu.gov

 

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