Severe Weather Disturbances
Hurricane Season is June 1 through November 30 and UH West O‘ahu encourages everyone to be prepared and stay informed. The Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/) recommends residents and visitors take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone:
- Talk with family members about what you plan to do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Make an action plan that includes details such as whether or not your family plans to evacuate.
- Download the Ready Hawaiʻi app from the iTunes or Google Play! store. This app can aid in your emergency planning and will list shelters if they are opened for evacuation.
- Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. If time and conditions permit, clear your gutters and other drainage systems.
- Identify small outdoor items that could be picked up by high winds. Make a plan to bring these items indoors if a hurricane/tropical storm watch or warning is issued.
- Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget seven days of food and water for your furry family members.
- Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
- Visitors should download and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at: http://www.travelsmarthawaii.
Getting accurate information
The University monitors the progress of weather disturbances and works with Hawaiʻi State and City Emergency Management Agencies to remain informed and prepare accordingly and communicate to our UHWO Community in a timely manner.
The National Hurricane Center website provides information on weather systems when they are located east of the 140 longitude.
The Central Pacific Hurricane Center website provides information on weather systems when they are located west of the 140 longitude.
Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency's website provides emergency guidance and State news releases.