Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. The Central Pacific hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. Learn what to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Don't wait until the last minute to gather your emergency supply kit!

Basic Preparedness Tips:

  • Know where to go if you are ordered to evacuate and make a communication plan with your family. If you are not going to evacuate, make sure you have adequate supplies in case you are unable to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

  • Put together a disaster supply kit.  (Don't forget supplies for your pets!)

  • Sign up for emergency notifications.

  • If you decide not to evacuate, prepare your home and be sure to have adequate supplies in case you lose power and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

  • Check your insurance coverage and protect important documents. 

More information on preparedness, hurricanes and tropical storms can be found at the following websites:

HURRICANE WATCH:

Conditions are POSSIBLE within the next 48 hours.

  • Review your evacuation route(s) and listen to local officials; know where to go if you need to evacuate. 

  • Review your emergency plans and items in your disaster supply kit to make sure you are prepared; including gas for your vehicle.

  • Bring in, or tie down, any items that may become loose in high winds. Board up windows; tape does NOT prevent windows from breaking.

  • Clear rain gutters and downspouts. 

HURRICANE WARNING:

Conditions are EXPECTED within 36 hours.

  • Follow evacuation orders and instructions issued by local officials.

  • Utilize your disaster preparedness plan. Be sure to charge your phone so it has a full battery before storm impact.

  • Complete preparation activities such as boarding up windows, storing loose objects, and cutting trees that may cause damage. 

  • Notify neighbors and a family member of your evacuation plans. 

  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. 

DURING A HURRICANE:

  • Stay indoors away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.

  • Secure and brace exterior doors.

  • Close interior doors and take refuge in a small interior room (like a closet or hallway on the lowest level of your home.)

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters; stay off bridges over fast moving water. 

AFTER A HURRICANE

  • Listen to authorities for updates and instructions. 

  • Be careful during clean-up and wear protective clothing and gloves. Flood water can contain dangerous debris and downed power lines can electrically charge the water.

  • Save phone calls for emergencies; use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends. 

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