WHAT YOU DO TODAY... Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Season begins Wednesday June 1st and runs through Tuesday November 30 th. Earthquakes and tsunami can happen any time. Flash flooding can happen very quickly, even if it is not raining heavily where you are.
Do you have a Disaster Preparedness Plan? Be ready to react quickly-before, during and after the event.
The information detailed below will assist all residents in preparing for an event. The purpose of this posting is to create a basic framework of procedures. It will provide crucial information for our residents. We encourage owners and residents to prepare their own plan. You will need to be self-sufficent for up to 72 hours and as long as 5 days before outside help arrives. BE PREPARED TO BE ON YOUR OWN!
There will be a section on the website under Disaster Preparedness that will provide State and County resource information as well as letting residents know the seriousness of the potential disasters.
WATCH- threat of conditions within 36 hours
WARNING- sustained winds of 74 MPH+ in area in 24 hours or less
WATCH- tsunamis are possible
WARNING- leave coastal areas immediately
NO WARNING but prepare yourself for possible aftershocks
Prepare your disaster kit with the following:
- First aid kit- any medications you require should be included in your kit.
- Items placed in a water tight container- water, canned foods, can opener, battery operated radio and flashlights, extra batteries, light sticks(some last up to 6 hours),Clothing, blankets, towels, garbage bags,gloves, extra cash, and a good pair of shoes or boots. You may want to include important phone numbers.
- Know how to turn off the electricity and water if necessary. If you have enough time, you may want to fill your tub with water. You may also store some of your items in a 5 gallon bucket which can also serve as a port-a-potty(with plastic trash bags).
MAKA"ALA- Maui County Emergency Alert System- Be vigilant, be alert...
To receive emergency information when you need it and how you want it:
Maui County residents are urged to sign up for Maka'ala- the County's new emergency alert system. Maka'ala will enable residents to be alerted sooner, giving you more time to react and could possibly save lives. Go to the Maui County website at www.mauicounty.gov, click on "Emergency Services" located on the left side of the website and click on the "Maka'ala - Maui County Emergency Alert System" link.
If you do not have a computer or other electronic device to sign up, please call Maui Civil Defense Agency at 270-7285 and ask to sign up by phone.
I will be providing more information, such as checklists, phone numbers and websites of other State and County agencies on our website as soon as possible.
*(Detailed information can be found in the leftmost column under Disaster Preparedness).