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Oahu emergency officials offer advice, warnings for residents

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:58 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2013

The city Department of Emergency Management is advising Oahu residents that the just-issued tropical storm warning for the island means it is the time to get prepared for Flossie's expected arrival this afternoon.

At 11 a.m., the National Weather Service placed Oahu under the warning that already covered Maui and Hawaii counties. The warning means tropical storm conditions, including sustained winds of 39 mph or more and heavy rains, are expected in the next 36 hours.

City emergency management officials offered these tips and advice for Oahu residents:

>> Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately.

>> Evacuations may be ordered depending on the severity of Tropical Storm Flossie.

>> Fill up the fuel tank in your vehicles.

>> Have some spare cash on hand. The amount you would normally spend in one week is a good choice.

>> Be aware of the hazards that hurricanes and tropical storms create: destructive storm surge, severe flooding and high winds.

>> Know the location of your nearest hurricane shelter but do not automatically go there. Locations and opening times will be broadcast over TV and radio. See this link for Hawaii Hurricane Evacuation Shelters http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/documents/2013HurEvachelters.pdf

>> Know if you are located in a tsunami evacuation zone. Evacuation zones for hurricanes and tropical storms are the same as those for tsunami events. Evacuation zones are printed in the yellow tabbed section of your telephone white pages. Or see this link for an interactive evacuation zone map http://tsunami.csc.noaa.gov/

>> Consider designating an off-island friend as a family emergency contact should you be separated following a hurricane or other disaster. When phone systems are restored family members would check in with this person.

>> Plan to care for your family pets in the event you have to evacuate your home. Do not leave pets at home. If your home is not safe for you it is not safe for your pets.

>> Find out if your insurance policy covers flood damage.

>> Stock a seven-day supply of non-perishable foods and emergency supplies.

>> Make sure you have a battery operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand at all times.

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kennysmith wrote:
it is going to hit you people real hard so just don't think of this just do it to save your house and car any way you can . this is no joke.
on July 28,2013 | 01:08PM
sanoname wrote:
HAHAHAHAHA might be light rain .
on July 28,2013 | 04:20PM
soshaljustic wrote:
No foget to pack those needed medications, fill containers with water and stick'em on ice for now will need 'um later. Bring the cats in the house and call auntie to tell her what fo do wit da goat 'n da chickens cuz a storm is commin. Plenty Aloha to you folks 'n take care each other! Be good to each other protect each other when it starts. Wish I was there 'n could help take care you all, my ohana. I hate to watch this from away 'n cannot help, is harder yet!! Radar is pretty ugly, please ignore the oxymoron.
on July 28,2013 | 04:59PM
Morimoto wrote:
Don't worry I don't think anyone needs your help from a few rainshowers.
on July 29,2013 | 10:05AM
HOSSANA wrote:
over hype as we have had rain or storms in the past with gusty winds....really overhype in both the tv and news media.....sickening.....not that it makes a damm difference...the usual things will happen.....flooding.....utilities in certain areas e.g. electricity will go out....same old...same old kaka..........
on July 28,2013 | 05:13PM
jussayin wrote:
Wow, I'd better go to the store now to buy two tons of rice, 3 dozen cases of water, 5 cases of spam ... and ... and ... maybe I'll just enjoy the rain since I won't have to water my yard.
on July 28,2013 | 07:36PM
HOSSANA wrote:
ha..ha..ha...best blog yet.....i wouldn't be surprise the big grocery stores are the ones behind this media blitz on FLOSSIE...think of the upsurg in money they're making urging or encouraging people to stock up on food etc....what a farce!!!! same with the service stations......
on July 28,2013 | 08:10PM
Morimoto wrote:
You might want to dig a bomb shelter in your backyard if you have one. After all, those fierce 35 mph winds might pick you up and wisk you away to the land of Oz.
on July 29,2013 | 10:07AM
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