Weather forecasters are warning us that Hurricane Iselle, currently a Category 4 hurricane, is heading toward Hawaii and, if it stays on this path, we’ll likely be facing a hurricane or a tropical storm later this week.
Earlier in the summer, I mailed and walked a few thousand checklists to help our residents get prepared in the event of a hurricane. If you’ve still got yours, please be sure to take time now to double-check your household supplies and make sure your family disaster plan is up-to-date. If you didn’t get one yet or want to view a more detailed list, please click here.
Currently, all of our public schools in Mililani are listed as designated shelter areas. These include: Kipapa Elem., Mililani Mauka Elem., Mililani Ike Elem., Mililani Uka Elem., Mililani Waena, Mililani Middle and Mililani High. For a statewide list of shelters, click here. For those with special health needs, each location with the exception of Mililani Ike Elem. and Mililani Mauka Elem. can provide some support services. If you have pets that you’d like to keep with you in a shelter, Mililani Middle and Mililani High are our neighborhood’s pet-friendly shelters. For the most up-to-date information on emergency shelters, please check with State Civil Defense.
I also want to recommend signing up at nixle.com for free text or email alerts from various city and state departments in charge of disaster management, traffic and more.
Remember, it’s been over 20 years since a hurricane directly hit Hawaii so some may forget how serious hurricane and tropical storms can be. Hurricanes are one of the most destructive natural disasters that can affect Hawaii so it’s extremely important that you make sure you and your family are prepared and protected in the event of a storm.