Hawaiʻi is one of the most remote areas on the planet. Help during major disasters may take some time to arrive. All households should store seven days of emergency supplies for each family member–food, water, medicine and other items. To learn more about three easy ways to prepare for emergencies, select the tabs below.
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance (1) how you will get to a safe place, (2) how you will contact one another, (3) how you will get back together, and (4) what you will do in different situations.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.
Watch Ready.gov video about developing a household emergency plan
Make a Disaster Plan
Ready.gov has made it simple to make a family emergency plan. Print and fill out this document with your household members. Practice or review the plan every time you change the battery in your smoke detector.
Know Your Emergency Shelter Locations
Water, electricity, sewer, phone, television and telephone services may be interrupted for some time during an emergency. Stores may temporarily run out of supplies. Gasoline deliveries may be late and public transportation may be slow to return. Along with developing an emergency plan, packing an emergency kit is the best way to be prepared.
How each kit is packed depends on your particular circumstances. You may live by yourself, you may live with several family members, or you may spend a lot of time away from home. Each kit packed should factor the hazards in your area, the size of your household, and any special circumstance you may need to consider, such as the need for prescription medications.
Supplies in your kit should be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and rotated regularly. An effective way to develop a kit is to buy one or two items every time you go to the store. After a few months, you will have established a good kit and can begin to use kit supplies by replacing them with new ones. In this way, your disaster kit will always stay fresh.
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to pack a family disaster kit. Print out the attached list and used it over the course of several months to become prepared for disasters.
There are many ways to stay informed about disasters. It’s important to use the methods familiar to you and to not rely on just one source of information. Government agencies and the media have teamed to develop the Emergency Alert System (EAS). EAS is used to alert the public about disasters using radio and television. A copy of the State of Hawai'i EAS plan can be found at: http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/eas_plan.pdf.
The following is a list of EAS broadcasters in Hawai'i and the radio frequencies they use:
- KSSK-AM 590 khz
- KRTR-FM 96.3 mhz
- KQNG-FM 93.5 mhz
- KMVI-AM 550 khz Hawai'i LP1
- KHLO-AM (Hilo) 850 khz
- KKBG-FM (Hilo) 97.9 mhz
- KLEO-FM (Kona) 106.1 mhz
- KPUA-AM (Hilo) 670 khz
- KWXX-FM (Hilo) 94.7 mhz
- KAOY-FM (Kona) 106.1 mhz
Other sources of information include:
- Television stations
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other government program volunteers
Feeds maintained by official disaster response agencies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
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