It’s hurricane season – Prepare and be aware

(Via Ho’okele News)

Important Telephone Numbers:

Emergency, police, fire ambulance – 911
State Department of Emergency Management – 723-8960
Hawaii State Civil Defense – 733-4300
National Weather Service (weather advisories) – 973-5286
Military and Family Support Center – 474-1999
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society – 473-0282
Air Force Aid Society – 449-0300
JBPHH Straight Talk Line – 421-4000
HECO Service Center – 548-7311 (to report power outages, downed power lines, trees on power lines)
Board of Water Supply trouble line – 748-5000
Hawaiian Telcom repair service – 643-6111
Hawaii Gas emergency service – 526-0066
Street lights out – City – 768-5300 State – 831-6714 State (after hours) – 485-6200
Time Warner Oceanic – 643-2100
NAVFAC Hawaii emergency desk – 449-3100

Where to Find Hurricane Preparedness Information

Get emergency updates on Facebook:

* Navy Region Hawaii –

Navy Region Hawaii website:
JBPHH website:
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam TV (Channel 2): Hurricane information on Joint
Base TV 2 will be on the text crawl 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Department of Emergency Management (DEM): Information is available on the
DEM website at or by calling 723-8960. Residents can also call
the DEM office and request a free packet of hurricane readiness information.
Hawaiian Humane Society: For information on how to prepare for your pets in a disaster, contact the Hawaiian Humane Society at 946-2187.
Telephone directory: Disaster preparedness information is available at the beginning of the white pages section in your local telephone directory.
State Civil Defense:
JBPHH Office of Emergency Management: Call 421-4000 or 448-2741 for emergency preparedness information.
CNIC Ready Navy:
Also check:
* Your unit/command emergency management representative.

* JBPHH “Are You Ready” guide.
* NIXLE Emergency Information Distribution Service.
* Sign up for NIXLE at

Hurricane Categories

Tropical Storm

Winds 39-73 mph Category 1 Hurricane – winds 74-95 mph.

No real damage to buildings. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal flooding and minor pier damage.

Category 2 Hurricane – winds 96-110 mph. Some damage to building roofs, doors and windows. Flooding damages piers and small craft in unprotected moorings may break their moorings. Some trees blown down.

Category 3 Hurricane – winds 111-129 mph. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings. Large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly built signs destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain may be flooded well inland.

Category 4 Hurricane – winds 130-156 mph. More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach areas. Terrain may be flooded well inland.

Category 5 Hurricane – winds 157 mph and up. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Flooding causes major damage to lower floors of all structures near the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas may be required.

Hurricane Watches

Weather/marine advisories:

Issued for all Central Pacific tropical cyclones.

Hurricane watch: Issued when there is a strong possibility that the storm could threaten coastal or inland communities within 48 hours or less.

Hurricane warning: Issued when there is a high possibility that hurricane force winds will arrive within 36 hours or less.

Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness


Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness, or TCCOR, is the system that is used by the military to explain the level of preparation that is recommended to be undertaken before a storm arrives.

TCCOR levels are based on the arrival of destructive winds and trigger specific actions.

The Pacific hurricane season runs from June through November. This is the time to dust off your family emergency plan and restock your disaster kit before a hurricane occurs. Learn your evacuation routes and the location the nearest state shelters. Stock your kit now… before the rush.

TCCOR V (96 hours before destructive winds arrive)

TCCOR IV (72 hours before destructive winds arrive)
* Maintain areas around the house, and keep them clear of debris and loose material.
* Prune dead branches from trees.
* Get needed supplies.
* Maintain storm shutters in good repair and keep them easily available.
* Determine location of official shelters.
* Stock and maintain your hurricane supply locker.

TCCOR III (48 hours before destructive winds arrive)
* Start monitoring the news.
* Review emergency plans with your family.
* Practice where to go in the house as the hurricane intensifies.
* Expectant mothers beyond 37th week of pregnancy should make hospital arrangements.
* Knock down coconuts and secure outside potted plants.
* Ensure loose debris is picked up around the house.
* Refill any special medications.
* Ensure gas tank is full and check your battery, water and oil.
* Move small boats to secure and safe havens.
* Check flashlight and radio batteries and make sure you have extras.
* Charge cellular phones.
* Get cash (at least $250 in cash) in small denominations (1, 5, 10, 20s).
* Prepare to put up hurricane shutters.
* Put important documents in safe deposit box, a home safe or another safe and dry place.
* All Hawaii schools close.

TCCOR II (24 hours before destructive winds arrive)
* Install typhoon shutters, siding or plywood on windows.
* Move vehicles out of flood-prone areas and away from trees.
* Move grills, patio furniture, potted plants and other loose objects inside.
* Tie down anything that you can’t bring inside.
* Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting, and pack your freezer with newspaper to keep the food colder longer.
* Move furniture away from windows or cover with plastic.

TCCOR (12 hours before destructive winds arrive)
* Fill your tub and bottles with water.
* Secure and brace external doors.
* Move as many valuables off the floor as possible.
* Continue to listen to the radio or television for weather advisories.
* Stay inside and off the roads.
* Stay off the phone unless it’s an emergency.

TCCOR-1E (Destructive winds are occurring)
* Monitor AFN TV or radio
* Do not be confused by nice weather.

TCCOR-1R (Destructive winds have subsided)
* Remain indoors until recovery process is declared complete.
* Be aware of falling debris.

Necessary Precautions

* Stay off the phone unless it’s an emergency.

During the storm

* Stay inside.
* Stay away from windows and doors.
* If the storm becomes intense, retreat to a designated interior safe room.

After the storm

* Don’t leave your home or shelter until emergency officials tell you it’s safe.
* Don’t go out on the roads until you get the all-clear.
* Watch and listen for reports on flooding or other storm-related activities.
* Don’t call the police or other officials unless there is a life-threatening situation or emergency. Stay off the phone unless it’s an emergency.
* Watch for and don’t touch downed power lines.
* Watch your step. There may be broken glass and other debris lying about.
* Report dangling or downed power lines, broken water or sewer lines, or broken or downed telephone lines to the proper authorities.

The day after the storm

* Don’t sightsee. Authorities may be out repairing downed power poles, lines, sewer lines, etc.
* Use batteries and cell phones sparingly. You may not be able to replace them so easily.

Hurricane Shelters on Oahu

0530_12State-run emergency shelters will be opened selectively, depending on the severity and type of incident or disaster. You should know the location of your two nearest shelters in the community, but do not go there until instructed to do so. Listen to radio and television for shelter locations, instructions and opening schedule. Be aware that all shelters do not stock supplies. You must bring all of your emergency supplies with you.

Military families living on base should also be aware of their nearest shelter in the community as an option if it is necessary to evacuate. Navy “safe havens,” or facilities located on base that provide protection from natural disasters, provide an option for displaced personnel to take refuge inside the installation.

Military families living off base should seek shelter at the closest City and County of Honolulu shelter.

Due to the limited availability of safe havens, a priority for occupancy can be ordered. Personnel with priority include category one and five personnel and their family members and residents in housing areas most vulnerable to a hurricane.

Before reporting to a JBPHH safe haven, personnel must register first at the Makai Recreation Center for assignments and transportation to the designated location. When going to an installation safe haven, take your emergency kit, sleeping bags and a five-day supply of food and water.

When preparing for hurricane season, it is important to have a plan for your pets. If an evacuation is necessary, it is best to already know which shelters do and do not allow pets and to have the necessities on hand to continue to care for them.

Always be prepared to bring your pets with you during an emergency, if the situation allows. Animals depend on their owners for survival, just as much as children do. In time of emergency, it is unknown how long you may be away from home, or unable to live in normal conditions. When evacuating, be sure that you transport your pet safely, and use pet carriers and proper leashes and/or harnesses.

During an emergency, it may be hard to identify your pet. The best way to avoid the confusion is to place an identification tag on your pet’s collar and make sure that they have a microchip in case the collar is removed or they are separated from your family. If your pet does get separated from you, it is good to keep a photograph of them on hand for identification purposes.

Owners should always keep their pet’s vaccinations current to avoid being turned away from shelters. When evacuating, many shelters often ask for health paperwork before accepting you and your pets.

Have supplies on hand. Be sure to pack a week’s worth of food, water, medication, cat litter, or any other supplies your pet needs on a regular basis.

Emergencies are very stressful on animals. Even the most well-behaved animals may act out, try to run away, or bite.

Plan your evacuation and leave in plenty of time. Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. When rescue officials come to your door, they may not allow you to take your pets with you.

Remember, emergency responders are trained and required to save human lives, not animals. They may be taking physical and legal risks if they stop to help your animals.

Carry a list of emergency telephone numbers with you. This should include your veterinarian, local animal control, local animal shelters, the Red Cross, and any other individual or group you might need to contact during the disaster.

Evacuation and shelter information for Oahu will be provided by:

Dept. of Emergency Management
City & County of Honolulu
Telephone: 723-8960

Hawaii State Civil Defense
Telephone: 733-4300

Pet Emergency Kit

0530_13Your pet will need supplies during an emergency. The best way to ensure you are prepared is to create a pet emergency supply kit, which should be stored alongside your family emergency supply kit in a waterproof container.

* Carrier/kennel
* Pet food (7-day supply)
* Water
* Bowls for food and water
* Cat litter and box or doggie waste bags
* Muzzle
* Paper towels
* Disinfectant
* Flashlight
* Extra collar with identification tags
* Extra leash
* Vaccine and other important medical documentation
* Any medications your pet is on (2-week supply)
* Microchip information and number (if applicable)
* Recent photograph of pet
* Bedding
* Toys
* Picture and owner contact information on side of pet’s kennel

Disaster Kit

Build a disaster kit for your family. Bring it with you if you have to evacuate to a shelter or a safe haven.

* Water – one gallon/person/day for at least seven days.
Non-perishable food for at least seven days.
* Manual can opener.
* First aid kit and include any prescription medications, at least a 14-to-30 day supply.
* Personal sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties.
* Flashlight and extra batteries.
* Pet supplies: Crate, leash, food and water.
* Specialty items for children (toys, coloring books) or elderly.
* Extra glasses.
* Candles and waterproof matches.
* Money – at least $250 in cash (in small denominations:1, 5, 10, 20s), and travelers checks, extra car keys.
* Local maps and your evacuation plan.
* Family communications plan.
* Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with NOAA weather channel (many models can also charge your cell phone).
* Important family documents (passports, IDs, deeds, wills, etc).
* Dust masks and gloves.
* Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
* Sleeping bags, change of clothing (if you evacuate).
* Fuel for camping stoves or lanterns.

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