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Residents And Businesses Urged To Consider Supply Chain Disruptions When Planning And Preparing For This Hurricane Season
Department of Emergency Management urges residents to prepare for the 2023 hurricane season
HONOLULU -- The NOAA Central Pacific Hurricane Center announced on Thursday that the Central Pacific is likely to experience a near-to-above-normal hurricane season for 2023 with the possibility of four to seven tropical cyclones forming or moving into the Central Pacific.
"We have been very fortunate to have had quiet hurricane seasons over the past two years, but it looks like this could be pretty active year so we cannot be lulled into complacency, all it takes is one, said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. "I strongly encourage all residents, businesses, and communities on Oʻahu to heed this call to action. It is better to be smart, safe and prepared."
The Central Pacific Hurricane season begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th.
"Hurricane season requires not only those of us in government but individuals, families, and businesses to take proactive measures to be prepared and ready. We need to all be fully aware of the risks from high winds, storm surge, and severe flooding that can affect your home or workplace," advised Hiro Toiya, director of the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management. He emphasized the importance of developing a comprehensive plan to address these risks.
Toiya further advised, "Once you have a plan, gathering essential supplies and creating a 14-day disaster supply kit is the next step. It is also vital to have multiple methods of receiving official emergency information to stay informed."
The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) urges all residents to:
Have a Plan www.honolulu.gov/dem/preparedness/make-plan.html
Meet with your family and friends to discuss and write down what you would do and what actions you would take if a hurricane, tropical storm, or other disaster were to occur. Use those notes and discussions to create your family disaster plan.
Build a 14-Day Disaster Supply www.honolulu.gov/dem/preparedness/build-kit.html
Building a 14-day disaster supply kit is essential for hurricane preparedness. Include non-perishable food, water, medications, first aid supplies, flashlight, batteries, and important documents. Be ready for hurricanes and any emergency, and ensure the well-being of your family.
Stay Informed www.honolulu.gov/dem/preparedness/stay-informed.html
Staying informed during a hurricane is crucial for your safety. Regularly monitor weather updates, follow evacuation orders, and listen to local authorities. Being informed allows you to make critical decisions, take necessary precautions, and protect yourself and your loved ones from the potential dangers of a hurricane.
Know what Tropical Cyclones are and the hazards they create
Knowing what tropical cyclones are and understanding the potential hazards and dangers allows you to assess your level of risk. It enables you to make informed decisions about your safety and take appropriate measures to protect yourself, your family, and your home.
Understand what the National Weather Service (NWS) Tropical Cyclone Watches, Warnings, and Advisories mean
NWS Tropical Cyclone notifications provide valuable information about the potential threat and allow individuals and communities to prepare and take necessary actions. Being informed and aware of an approaching hurricane or storm can provide time to secure your home, gather essential disaster supplies, and prepare yourself and your family.
Learn more at www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-ww
Central Pacific Hurricane Center
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) provides forecasts and information on the path and intensity of tropical cyclones that may threaten the State of Hawaiʻi. Make sure your family and friends are familiar with the CPHC website and forecast products, and bookmark the CPHC website on personal computers and smart devices.
Remember, having a disaster plan, building a 14-day kit of essential emergency items, and having multiple methods of receiving emergency information is crucial for individual and family preparedness. Regularly review and update your family hurricane plan to ensure it remains effective from season to season.
Stay connected with DEM at:
On Twitter @Oahu_DEM
On Instagram @OahuDEM
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