Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tsunami: What you should do & not do

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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

1. If you have medications, secure them in case you have to leave quickly. 2. Move away from the shorelines and beaches, especially low-lying areas. 3. The front of the phone book shows the Evacuation Areas, most are within a quarter mile of all beaches/shorelines on Oahu. 4. If you are near the shore and must evacuate, you may simply WALK INLAND out of the shoreline area. 5. There are emergency shelters set up in case homes become uninhabitable. 6. Watch local news coverage (for example, KGBM 9 News), or listen to the radio for updates (for example, 88.1 KHPR). Suggestion: Use battery powered radios.

WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO:

1. Do not go near or in the ocean–DO NOT SURF. 2. Do not make unnecessary phone calls (landlines or cell phones). 3. Do not travel other than getting out of tsunami evacuation areas.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS DO NOT PANIC!

Suggestion: The next time you speak with your case manager, review your “Crisis Plan” which is part of your IRP.

Aloha and Stay Safe!!!

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Tsunami Coming

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The wave will hit Hawaii at about 3am, early Friday morning, about 4 hours from now. Get away from coastline areas. There is an official evacuation order, so you must obey police and emergency personnel according to state law.

Remain Calm.

From the Website for information: http://www.honolulu.gov/dem/tsunami2.htm:

Tsunami Evacuation: If you are within an evacuation zone, leave by either walking or driving to a safe area or shelter outside the zone. Be aware, however, that steel and/or concrete buildings of six or more stories in height should provide adequate protection if you move to the third floor or above. If you are outside the evacuation zones, you are not in danger. To avoid traffic gridlock, you should curtail non-essential travel, avoid roadways in or near the evacuation zones, and not interfere with evacuation. Remain in safe areas until the “All Clear” is announced over radio. See maps for listings of shelters in the coastal areas of Oahu.

How can I get to a safe area or shelter if I have no transportation?

Walk out of the evacuation zone to a safe area, or to the nearest shelter.

Request assistance of nearby friends or neighbors to relocate to areas outside the evacuation zone.

Take the Bus. Designated City buses will change from normal routing, operate as evacuation shuttles, and pick up evacuees in the seven areas depicted on the map. Flag the buses down along their adjusted routes and they will take you, without charge, to within walking distance of one of the shelters. Use the shuttle buses to assist in your evacuation, but do not rely solely on their availability as accidents or unexpected delays could occur. If wave arrival time is approaching and no bus is in sight, move outside the evacuation zones immediately. Also be aware that tsunami evacuations is likely to cause disruptions to all City bus schedules.