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Hurricane Preparedness

Posted on October 16, 2014 in: General News

You are not obligated to come to Mass if you do not feel safe during a storm!

What you need to know!

Since 1959 three hurricanes have made landfall in Hawaii, causing severe damage in the billions of dollars. Of these, Hurricane Iniki was the strongest with winds up to 145 mph, gusts up to 175 mph and a storm surge in the 15' to 18' range. The threat is real. Hastory has proven it. 

Be aware when a Hurricane Watch or a Hurricane Warning is issued.

Hurricane Watch - issued when the threat of hurricane conditions of high wind and a storm surge are expected with 48 hours. Preliminary precautions should be taken.

Hurricane Warning - issued when the threat of hurricane conditions of high wind and a storm surge are expected within 36 hours. Actions for protection of life and property should be rushed to completion. Evacuations are generally ordered during a hurricane warning. 

Evacuation zones - hurricane storm surge can be deadly along our shorelines. Most hurricane related deaths occur when residents do not evacuate coastal areas. Review evacuation maps in the Disaster Preparedness section of your telephone book or visit the department website at www.oahuDEM.org. 

Shelter in place - if you live in a newly constructed home outside of the coastal evacuation and flood zones, consider sheltering in place. Pre-identify a "safe room" such as an interior bathroom, large walk-in closet, or enclosed hallway to take refuge. Remember, all your emergency supplies should be brought into the safe room with you. Safe rooms can be an excellent option to a public evacuation shelter.

See how to develop a 7-day Disaster Supplies Kit:

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