Kai Kanani tips for preparing for a storm
Hurricanes & Tropical Storms
Maui at sunset
Hawaiian hurricanes are rare, but as much of the world knows right now, we have not just one, but two hurricanes heading towards Hawaii. The last hurricane to make landfall in the Hawaiian Islands was Hurricane Iniki 22 years ago, which caused extensive damage.
Hurricane Iselle, though downgraded to Tropical Storm has brought with it high winds, heavy rains, and has left tens of thousands of people without electricity.
With advances in hurricane tracking, it is common to have several days to prepare for these storms. Take advantage this lead time to stock up on essentials and double check your emergency plan to make sure everything you need is in place.
As you prepare be sure to concentrate on:
It is recommended to stock up on at least 7 days of non-perishable foods. While Spam and Vienna Sausages tend to be on the top of many lists here in Hawaii, there are healthier options as well such as dried fruits, freeze-dried camping meals, canned vegetables and soups, peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken and multivitamins.
Perishable Food & Ice
If your electricity goes out, keep your refrigerator closed. With a closed door, your fridge will keep items cold for 24 hours. Before the storm make sure all your coolers and ice chests are full of ice so you can put perishable items in there.
Plan on 1 gallon of water per person per day. Instead of buying individual bottles, keep a 5-gallon jug on hand and fill that. In a hurry, it could always be filled from the hose. Bathtubs, top loading washing machines and garbage cans can also be filled for use.
If tapwater is cloudy after a storm, filter it through a clean cloth and boil it. Along with boiling, there are many other ways to disinfect possibly polluted water. Be sure to learn a method that works best for you and your family.
Other items you should stock up on in the event of a storm:
Batteries (C & D are always the first to leave the shelves)
First Aid Kit
Baby Wipes or Moist Towlettes
Flashlight or lantern
There are several online sites that help in an emergency
Maui County Website lists storms, road closures, emergency shelters and more. You can sign up for up to date notifications to your email or phone.
American Red Cross
The following sites are great for tracking weather
National Weather Service
Hawaii Weather Today
NWS Radar Loop
Stay in touch with neighbors and friends to make sure everyone in your Maui Ohana is taken care of. Remember that just because it wasn’t as bad as you expected, doesn’t mean it won’t be next time.
A special thank you from Kai Kanani to our worldwide family for the outpouring of support and well-wishes for our crew as they brave the storm, keeping Kai Kanani afloat, safe, and ready for your next island adventure.