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Prepare for Hurricane Season Now

Plan and Take Action

The NOAA National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Fernanda, currently about 2600 miles from Hilo. As of 3:30 PM, 7/14/17, Fernanda is a category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph. The current computer/radar model has not determined its final trajectory.

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks. Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Recommended emergency supplies you should have at home:

  • Water – One gallon per person per day for at least seven days (changed recently from three days)
  • Food – At least a 7-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask
  • Duct tape and plastic sheeting to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • First aid kit
    • Two pairs of latex or sterile gloves
    • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
    • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Burn ointment
    • Adhesive bandages in many sizes
    • Eye wash
    • Thermometer
    • Prescription medications you or your family take
    • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment
    • Pain reliever such as aspirin
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Antacid
    • Laxative
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Additional supplies to consider:

  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as insurance policies and bank records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person, with more bedding for colder climates
  • Complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes, with more clothing for colder climates
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

The ASPCA also has a list of supplies for pets:

  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet)
  • Food – 7-day supply
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Garbage bag
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra collar or harness and an extra leash
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with any necessary medication
  • Water – 7-day supply for each pet
  • Traveling bag, crate or carrier for each pet
  • Blanket
  • Recent photos in case you need to make “lost” posters
  • Toys

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