Hurricane Safety and Home Preparation

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Hurricane Safety and Home Preparation

As you watch the news and follow a storm pattern it is important to know the type of storm

     HURRICANE WATCH = Conditions are a threat within 48 hours
     HURRICANE WARNING = Conditions are a threat within 36 hours


Hurricanes are measured on a scale from 1 to 5, depending on the winds’ strength and damage potential.

Category 1: 74- 95 mph. Damage potential: minimal
Category 2: 96-110 mph. Damage potential: moderate
Category 3: 110-130 mph. Damage potential: extensive
Category 4: 131-155 mph. Damage potential: extreme
Category 5: more than 156 mph. Damage potential: catastrophic


Preparation Tips and Suggestions for Safety

·       Create a family communication plan to identify a family member who lives out of state who you can notify when safe

·       Chose a physical location to meet if communication between family is down.

·       Map out escape plans and practice as a family

·       Have a minimum 3-day supply of food and water, per person

·       Gather and keep all of your important documents in one place

·       Have a portable radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and a mobile charger.

·       Make sure you have some cash available, in addition to your credit/debit cards.

·       Keep pets safe by ensuring they wear their collars during the storm and have enough pet food with water for 2 weeks

·       Keep your gas tank full.

·       Discuss where to meet in case of an evacuation.

·       Keep calm. Be prepared. Have a plan. For more preparedness tips, please visit:





Review Potential Shelter Locations 
Find potential shelter locations. As a storm approaches, the emergency officials will open certain shelters based on the storm's track and severity. Please check the map 24 hours before the storm's arrival for open shelter locations. 

Sign Up for Alerts from the City and County of Honolulu

City Closure Information Here


Important Numbers & Contact Information 

Honolulu Police Department: 911

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI_EMA): 808-733-4300

Hawaiian Electric Company: 808-543-7511

Board of Water Supply: 808-748-5000

American Red Cross: 808-734-2101

National Weather Service 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)