Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said more than a dozen emergency shelters will begin operations at 9 a.m. Sunday throughout Oahu, which is under a hurricane warning as Hurricane Douglas nears the islands.
City officials say although all shelters will accept pets, seven shelters on this list will be staffed by volunteers with the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Individuals will be required to wear masks at all times when not eating, sleeping or drinking during their stay at the shelters to fight the spread of coronavirus, officials said, but exceptions will be made for those with medical conditions.
They reminded the public that shelters are intended to be a last resort for residents to use at their own risk. Most are not designed or hardened for winds greater than a tropical storm force.
“These shelters are, however, a safer option than remaining in areas prone to flooding or storm surge inundation, on exposed ridge lines, or in older homes with wood frames or single-wall construction,” city officials said in a news release. “Whenever possible, the public should plan to shelter in place or stay with family or friends in homes outside of these hazard areas that were designed, built, or renovated to withstand anticipated conditions.”
Here are the list of Oahu shelters scheduled to open Sunday morning:
Central Mililani High School, 95-1200 Meheula Parkway
Central Moanalua High School, 2825 Ala Ilima St.
Central Waialua High and Intermediate, 67-160 Farrington Hwy.
Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave.
Niu Valley Middle School, 310 Halemaumau St.
Campbell High School, 91-980 North Road
Leihoku Elmentary School, 86-285 Leihoku St.
Nanakuli High and Intermediate, 89-980 Nanakuli Ave
Pearl City High School, 2100 Hookiekie St
Castle High School, 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr.
Kalaheo High School, 730 Iliaina St.
King Intermediate School, 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy.
Pope Elementary School, 41-133 Huli St.
Maui CountyMayor Michael Victorino announced the opening of emergency shelters today on Maui at 7 p.m., and on Lanai and Molokai at 7 a.m. Sunday.
“I ask everyone to first consider sheltering in place, at home or with friends or relatives, while maintaining physical distancing and good hygiene,” Victorino said. “Emergency shelters are available for residents who have no shelter in place options.”
People seeking shelter must wear face masks, and they will undergo a health screening, including temperature checks, before entering.
Opening times and locations may change depending upon the weather, county officials said.
Officials remind residents seeking shelter to bring anything they need, including food, water, medicine, face masks, hand sanitizer and blankets. Pets must be in a hard case kennel.
The emergency shelters tentatively set to open today at 7 p.m.:
>> Maui High School (pet friendly site)
>> South Maui Community Park Gymnasium (pet friendly)
>> King Kekaulike High School (pet friendly site)
>> Lahaina Intermediate School
>> Hana High School
Tentatively set to open at 7 a.m. Sunday:
>> Lanai High School (pet friendly site)
>> Molokai High School
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