Hurricane Season in Hawaii
Hurricanes are part of a family of storms known as Tropical Cyclones that are very large and produce three life-threatening effects:
- High winds in excess of 74 mph
- Storm surges that can exceed 40 feet
- Heavy rains that will exceed flash flood conditions
The National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center will issue watches and warnings for tropical cyclones.
- Watch: Prepare your disaster supply kit & prepare to evacuate
- Warning: Evacuate and take protective shelter; take your disaster supply kit
Should I evacuate? Where should I go?
Each person should decide whether to evacuate or not. You can either stay at home and shelter in place, or go to a hurricane evacuation shelter.
How to determine if you should shelter-in-place (at home) or evacuate (to a hurricane evacuation shelter):
- If you live near the coastline, near rivers and streambeds, or on the mountain ridgeline, YOU SHOULD EVACUATE.
- If your house was built before 1993 and is constructed of wood, YOU SHOULD EVACUATE
- If you live in a house constructed after 1993 and have an interior room on a lower floor, with no windows (closet, bathroom) you should shelter-in-place
- If you meet the above criteria you should consider sheltering-in-place from the storm
- Stay on the lowest floor possible, and look for a closet, bathroom, or other room with no windows on the interior of your house or apartment
- Bring your food, pets, family, and preparedness supplies into the room and remain in there
- Take your radio with you so you know when conditions have improved enough for you to leave your sheltering room
Click on the link below for a list of hurricane evacuation shelters, including special health needs shelters and pet friendly shelters.
HURRICANE SEASON also mean possible storm damage to your home or business. Be sure to call SERVPRO OF EAST HONOLULU 808-395-9545 in case of any type of damage. We are here at your convenience Working to make it "Like it never even happened."