Waikiki Residents Prepare for Hurricane Iselle

Aug 5, 2014

It was standing room only at a Waikiki neighborhood meeting on hurricane preparedness in anticipation of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio.
Credit Molly Solomon
Credit Molly Solomon

As Hawai‘i waits for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio to make landfall in the islands, many residents living in condominiums are asking how they can get prepared. That was the focus of a packed presentation in Waikīkī, where more than 100 residents gathered on Tuesday. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Here’s a list of supplies for your disaster supply kit. It should contain enough of the following items to last for 7-days:

  • Water – One gallon of water per person per day for seven days for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – Non-perishable food that does not require cooking. Popular local foods such as Spam, corned beef and Vienna sausage
  • Eating Utensils – Plates, mess kits, forks and chop sticks. Don’t forget a non-electric can opener for canned foods
  • Radio – Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather alert
  • Light – Flashlight and/or a portable fluorescent or LED light
  • Spare batteries – Check annually
  • First Aid – Get a first aid kit and — in the future — consider enrolling in a certified first aid, CPR and AED course
  • Whistle – Important for signaling for help. A whistle carries much farther than the human voice and uses less energy than yelling
  • Dust Mask – Helps to filter contaminated air
  • Sanitation – Moist towelettes, toilet paper, 5-gallon bucket, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Tools – Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, duct tape
  • Maps –  Local area maps
  • Prescription – Special medications and glasses
  • Baby – Infant formula and diapers
  • Pets – Pet food and extra water for your pet