Getting Ready for Iselle- Evacuation and Shelters

Aug 6, 2014


State officials have released a list of emergency shelters in preparation for Hurricane Iselle. Officials say the shelters are a last resort if you have absolutely no place else to go, or if your home is not in a safe place. If you need to go to a shelter- bring emergency supplies with you.  Some shelters accept pets, but make sure you have a pet carrier large enough for the animal to turn around.  John Cummings is the Public Information officer with the City and County of Honolulu.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority is also closing all parks in the Kakaako area today at 6pm.   The Bus Service will be providing transportation to shelters today —Buses will display an “Evacuation Sign”  Bus and Handi-Van service may be cancelled on Friday.

Evacuation Shelters will be open on Thursday, August 7th at the following sites (please listen to the radio or local media for opening times and further updates):

Check out our map of open shelters across the islands:


Campbell High School -  91-980 North Road, Ewa Beach

Kaimuki High School (pet friendly) – 2705 Kaimuki Avenue, Honolulu

Kaiser High School – 511 Lunalilo Home Road, Honolulu

McKinley High School – 1039 South King Street, Honolulu

Castle High School – 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe

Mililani High School – 95-1200 Meheula Parkway, Mililani

Pearl City High School (pet friendly) – 2100 Hookiekie Street, Pearl City

Waialua High School/Intermediate (pet friendly) – 67-160 Farrington Highway, Waialua

Nanakuli High School/Middle (pet friendly) – 89-980 Nanakuli Avenue, Waianae

BYU-HAWAII (pet friendly) – 55-220 Kulanui Street, Laie



Laupahoehoe School - 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Hwy, Laupahoehoe

Kohala High & Elementary - 54-3611 Akoni Pule Hwy Kapaau

Kealakehe High (pet friendly) - 74-5000 Puohulihuli St, Kailua-Kona

Konawaena High (pet friendly) - 81-1043 Konawaena School Rd, Kealakekua

Hilo High (pet friendly) - 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo

Waiakea High (pet friendly) - 155 W Kawili St, Hilo

Keaau High (pet friendly) - 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Rd, Keaau

Pahoa High & Intermediate (pet friendly) – 15-3038 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa

Honokaa High & Intermediate (pet friendly) - 45-527 Pakalana St, Honokaa

Kau High (pet friendly) - 96-3150 Pikake Stl, Pahala

Waikoloa Elementary - 68-1730 Ho’oko St, Waikoloa Village


Baldwin High - 1650 Kaahumanu Ave, Wailuku

Lokelani Intermediate (pet friendly) - 1401 Liloa Dr, Kihei

King Kekaulike High - 121 Kula Hwy, Pukalani

Hana High & Elementary – 4111 Hana Hwy, Hana

Molokai High - 2140 Farrington Ave, Ho'olehua

Kilohana Elementary - 30 Ailoa St, Kaunakakai

Lahaina Civic Center - 1840 Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina

Lanai High & Elementary - 555 Fraser Ave, Lanai City

Due to Hawaii’s isolation and vulnerability, the Red Cross recommends that people prepare emergency kits for seven days and bring emergency supplies with them to shelters. Airports and ports may be damaged by the storm and slow down the resupply process for local stores.

The Red Cross encourages everyone to be prepared before disasters strike:  Get a disaster kit, make a plan and be informed.

Get a disaster kit.  Every family should have their own disaster kit.  As other emergency response organizations have reported, families are asked to bring their own disaster supplies kit to a shelter, if asked to evacuate. Have 7 days’ worth of supplies at home to shelter in place or in a compact portable container to take to a shelter. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).

Water - 1 gallon per person per day
Food - non-perishable
Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
Extra batteries
First aid kit
Medications & Medical items
Manual Can opener
Multi-purpose tool
Personal hygiene items
Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
Cell phone with chargers
Family Contact Information
Change of clothes

You may also need:
Baby supplies - bottles, baby food & diapers
Games and activities
Comfort items
Pet supplies - collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications

Make a plan. All members of the household should work together on the family disaster plan.  A Family Disaster Plan Template is available on that people can download and complete to make or update their plan. Planning together is important so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to contact and find one another in an emergency, including two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire - and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home.   Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person.  It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Stay informed.  Listen to local media to keep updated on the status of Iselle and Julio. Hurricane shelter locations and opening times will be shared by local media. Do not automatically go there.

Download free Red Cross mobile apps. People can use the one touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way- even if the power is out.  The apps are free and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Plan Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

Safe and Well website.  The Red Cross Safe and Well website is an internet tool to keep loved ones connected; available for major disasters through People within a disaster-affected area can register themselves as “safe and well” and concerned family and friends who know the person’s phone number or address can search for messages posted by those who self-register.  If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-800-RED-CROSS to register yourself and your family. 

How You Can Help.  Help people affected by disasters like tropical storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.