Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. signed an emergency proclamation on Monday to provide relief for disaster damages and significant impacts caused by Tropical Storm Olivia.
“It has been a relentless hurricane season for us all on Kauai, and I understand how many may start to feel overwhelmed or even indifferent to these weather alerts,” said Carvalho. “However, do not let your guard down. It is very important to stay informed and to be prepared for any impacts that could come our way.”
County officials are closely monitoring the storm and are urging all residents and visitors to begin precautionary measures and stay informed. Kauai could feel effects of the storm by Wednesday, but forecast uncertainty remains high at this time.
“I’ve got straps for lumber and plastic sheeting, some plywood in store, some 2x8s that go across the garage door, so I’m pretty well prepared,” said resident Jim Sadler.
“We’re making sure we have a lot of water, food. We have kids now so we’re making sure all of our kids’ necessities, snacks and all of that,” said resident Tia Obrero. “We’re doing a lot of water, making sure we have our propane. We’re pretty much taking all of our campign gear and going through that and seeing what we can use.”
Officials recommend that residents and visitors take the following actions when preparing for a weather emergency:
Emergency preparedness kits should contain at least a 14-day supply of food and water (to include non-perishable food and one gallon of water per person per day). Kits should also include a battery powered radio, flashlight, an extra supply of prescription medicines and other items specific to individual and family needs. Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
Walk your property, checking for small outdoor items that could be picked up by high winds, and check for potential flood threats. If time and conditions permit, clear your gutters and other drainage systems.
Discuss with family members what you plan to do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Make an action plan, which should include details such as whether your family will shelter in place or evacuate to a shelter. There are no plans to open shelters at this time; however, the county will work with the American Red Cross to open shelters on an as-needed basis and will announce a list of open shelters if or when they become available.
Pay attention to possible school closures. Parents should make sure that their contact information on file with their child’s school is up to date, and that they understand the school’s closure notification procedure.
Visitors are urged to confirm flight arrangements with their airlines prior to heading to the airport.
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative members should prepare for potential storm impacts and possible power outages. Click here for more information.
- Protect your appliances and sensitive equipment from power outages and surges that may occur because of bad weather by using surge protectors.
- During a storm turn off and unplug all unnecessary appliances or equipment.
- Keep a portable battery-powered radio and flashlights on hand with extra batteries.
- In case of loss of power, when the power comes back on and is steady, gradually plug in your appliances.
- In the event of high winds, objects can come into contact with overhead lines and electrical equipment causing power interruptions. Sometimes during high winds power lines are knocked down. If you see any lines from utility poles on the ground, assume that they are dangerous and call 911.
Kauai Department of Water officials advise that during a weather emergency, strong winds and/or flooding can disrupt electrical power to DOW pumps and equipment, road-access to water sources, and may impact water quality. Click here for more information.
- Turn off or disconnect any devices or fixtures that regularly draw water, such as automatic ice makers, irrigation systems, etc.
- Store enough water for you and your family:
- Use clean containers, preferably those designed for water storage. Refrain from reusing food storage containers that may have contained food with strong odors (such as mayonnaise or pickles) or containers that previously stored non-food items as the water will pick up the odor during storage. Store water containers in a cool, dry place.
- Disinfect containers. Wash containers thoroughly, then rinse it in a mild bleach solution (one capful of liquid bleach to one gallon of water), then rinse thoroughly.
- Fill container with water from the tap. Fill the container to the top, keeping minimal amount of air between the water and the cap. Store it in cool, dark place.