Be Prepared for this Hurricane Season
The Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June to November and peaks between the months of August and October. Take these steps to prepare your ohana and minimize injury and damage.
Emergency Preparedness Kit
Create an emergency preparedness kit for essential items that will last two weeks. Recommended items include:
- Non-perishable foods that require little to no preparation
- Manual can openers
- Baby formula and hygiene supplies (if needed)
- Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
- Napkins and paper towels
- Flashlights and/or lanterns
- Portable radio
- Matches and/or lighters
- Hygiene products
- Multi-tool and duct tape
- First-aid supplies
- Pet food and supplies (if needed)
- Copies of important documents (paper and electronically stored on a thumbdrive)
- Copy of emergency contact information
Finances may be the last of your worries during a period of imminent threat. Take precautions to avoid running into issues when an emergency occurs.
- Store a reasonable amount of cash in a safe, accessible place. Debit cards and credit cards may be rendered useless in the event of an extended power outage.
- Store a copy of your financial accounts, insurance and mortgage information in a safe, accessible place.
- If you need to withdraw cash from an HLEFCU account, you may do so at any open branch or at any First Hawaiian Bank ATM (fee free).
- Inform yourself of fraudulent practices that scammers may take advantage of during times of crisis and chaos.
- HLEFCU will never call, text, or email you to ask you for sensitive information like your account, debit card, or credit card number; your PIN; passwords, your Social Security Number, or any other confidential information.
- When searching for needed supplies, do not buy from unfamiliar websites. Only make purchases through known, trusted websites.
- Use your HLEFCU Platinum Mastercard instead of your HLEFCU Debit Card when placing online orders to safeguard the funds in your account.
Evacuation and Communication Plans
Form evacuation and communication plans with your ohana. Make sure everyone knows where to be and what to do in an emergency.
- Decide on a safe destination to meet, this could be a relative's home, hotel, or designated evacuation shelter.
- Have items such as a clean outfit, a first-aid kit, sleeping bags, and important documents ready to go in the event of an evacuation.
- Ensure your car has a full tank of gas (or is fully-charged if it is an electric vehicle).
- Turn off your home's electricity at the main circuit breaker to prevent appliance damage.
- Ensure your ohana knows eachother's contact information.
- Create contact sheets with emergency hotlines and everyone's phone number(s), email address(es), and even social media account name(s).
- Have contact information of an out-of-state relative or point-of-contact.
If it is safe to shelter at home, follow these tips:
- Fill bathtubs with water.
- Stay away from the home perimeter and any windows or doors.
- Do not touch any downed power lines or photovoltaic/solar panel systems.
- If an appliance catches on fire, shut off electricity at the main circuit breaker and do not use water to douse it.
- As a precaution, secure anything outside and inside that may fly around in heavy winds.
- Use generators and alternate sources of fuel outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.