2021 Central Pacific Hurricane Season Begins Today June 1, 2021Posted on Jun 1, 2021 in Hot Topics
The 2021 Central Pacific hurricane season starts today (June 1, 2021), and the Division of Consumer Advocacy wants customers, both residential and commercial, to be prepared and have emergency plans in place.
Residents should develop their own emergency plans and consider these tips:
- Gather emergency supplies, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights, lanterns and batteries. Be prepared to monitor communications over emergency broadcast radio stations.
- Store enough water, non-perishable food, medicine and personal hygiene supplies for your family members and pets to last at least 14 days.
- Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electric appliances and equipment during a storm or a power outage. When power tomes back and is stable, plug in the equipment one at a time.
- Shut off your electricity at the main breaker or switch if you need to evacuate.
- Consider having a backup generator if you are dependent on an electrically powered life support system. Or, make plans to go to an alternate location where electricity will be available. Be prepared to take your medical equipment and medications with you.
- If your business or residence is equipped with a backup generator, learn how to properly operate the device to avoid causing damage or injury.
- Prepare a list of emergency contacts including phone numbers for insurance agents, vendors, physicians, or any other important individuals.
- If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and dangerous. Stay away from downed power lines — at least 30 feet or more (at least two car lengths).
Hawaiian Electric has a detailed emergency preparedness handbook available to view here. It is available in multiple languages as well as a keiki-friendly booklet.