As Hurricane Olivia approaches the islands, Gov. David Ige is making sure the state is prepared before the storm makes landfall.
On Sunday, Gov. Ige signed an emergency proclamation in anticipation of the storm that will provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering caused by the hurricane.
Unlike Hurricane Lane, Gov. Ige signed the proclamation before landfall.
“We felt that it was very important to sign the proclamation ahead of the arrival because as you know we are still recovering on Hawaii island and Maui,” Gov. Ige tells KHON2. “We wanted to make sure we could preposition assets, equipment and personnel ahead of the storm.”
The governor is reminding residents to make sure their hurricane kits are stocked for 14 days and to make sure they have emergency communication plans in place.
Gov. Ige also asked residents to reach out to their neighbors to make sure everyone is prepared.