Category Archives: Emergency-Disaster Information

Tropical Storm Flossie

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SUNDAY, JULY 28th, 2013:

CER will close the office at 2pm tomorrow because of TS Flossie.  The On-Call will start at 2pm.  The storm is expected to hit the Big Island at 6am tomorrow, and hit Oahu at 6pm.  The Dept. of Emergency Mgmt. recommends that you should be off the roads at 6pm.

Do not panic, but be prepared:

The Department of Emergency Management recommends the following preparedness actions and procedures:

IF YOU ARE HOMELESS AND NEED SHELTER:  Locations and opening times (if needed) of shelters will be broadcast over TV and radio. If you do not have access to these, you may call the Hawaii Dept. of Health ACCESS Line at 832-3100.  Here’s the link to shelter information:  http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/2013HurEvachelters.pdf
 
Know if you are located in a tsunami evacuation zone (tropical storm zones are the same).  These are listed in the beginning of the phone book. Here is the link for an interactive evacuation zone map http://tsunami.csc.noaa.gov/
 
If you drive, ensure that you have sufficient gas in your car.
 
Ensure your computer and cell phones and other devices are fully charged (get ready for power outages).
 
Plan to care for your family pets in the event you have to evacuate your home (don’t leave pets at home).  
 
If possible, stock a few days of non-perishable foods and emergency supplies, including water.
 
Make sure you have a battery operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand at all times.
 
Visit the department’s web site at www.oahuDEM.gov for more information and to view a list of Oahu hurricane shelters.
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Tsunami Warning For Hawaii

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Tsunami Warning For Hawaii, but the waves are predicted to be small.  

FIRST, REMAIN CALM.

The prediction is that it is supposed to hit about 10:30 pm tonight, Saturday Oct. 27th, 2012.  

On Oahu, if there are any waves, the waves should be small. If you live directly on the beach, or on the ground floor within a mile or so of the beach, then just be aware that some minor flooding could occur.  However, there is currently no information that that there is any danger.

THIS IS NOT LIKE THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN!  THIS WAS A SMALLER EARTHQUAKE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

If you are not within a mile or so of the beach, then nothing should effect you.

If there are any concerns, call the CER Crisis Line at 942-7884.

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!!!

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.

TSUNAMI: INSTRUCTIONS TO CASE MANAGERS:

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If any consumers live at or near the beach, and they have cell phones, please phone them and encourage them to move away from the beach areas, and to listen to the HPD and other state workers who are now instructing people to evacuate.  AT THE SAME TIME, CIVIL DEFENSE IS SAYING TO LIMIT ALL PHONE CALLS TO ONLY NECESSARY CONVERSATIONS.  But, if there are any issues, these are necessary for us to deal with, so phone the Team Leader or Aliman.

CONSUMERS: TSUNAMI “WARNING” FOR HAWAII !!!

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THIS INFORMATION IS FROM THE CIVIL DEFENSE AGENCY IN HAWAII:

An earthquake in South America has caused a small wave that will hit Oahu at about 11:20am this morning.  DO NOT PANIC!!!  The wave will probably be only about 3 to 4 feet high.

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. Page 119 in 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. 7. This morning, President Obama said: “The most important thing you can do is heed the instructions of your state and local officials.”

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.

LINKS:     KGMB 9 NEWSHI PUBLIC RADIOPACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CTRINFO ON SHELTERS

Aloha and Stay Safe!!!