List: Emergency shelters expected to open in the state

Tracking Douglas

(AP Photo/John Locher)

HONOLULU (KHON2) — As Douglas approaches the Hawaiian Islands, counties are looking for ways to keep its residents safe.

Kauai County

According to the county, these locations will open Sunday afternoon, July 26, if the conditions warrant. These shelters opened at 2 p.m.

  • Kalaheo Neighborhood Center – 4480 Papalina Rd. Kalaheo, HI 96741 (estimated capacity is 159)
  • Kauai Community College – 3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766 (estimated capacity is 131)
  • Kilauea Neighborhood Center – 2460 Keneke St, Kilauea, HI 96754 (estimated capacity is 129)
  • Kapaa Middle School – 4867 Olohena Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746

Additional shelters will open in the county if capacity is exceeded. No word on those shelters yet. Face masks will need to be worn before entering.

Food and water will not be provided at the shelters, so evacuees are advised to prepare accordingly and bring such items with them in their emergency kit.

City and County of Honolulu

Mayor Kirk Caldwell in the EOC with Department of Emergency Management Director Hiro Toiya. (Courtesy of the City and County of Honolulu)

KHON2 reached out to the City and County of Honolulu to ask about their emergency shelter plans.

Officials ask the public to consider evacuating to friends or family first, and as a last resort, a hurricane evacuation shelter. There will be a medical screening, which includes a temperature and wellness check, upon check-in. Social distancing requirements will be in place.

Household pets entering shelters must be securely leashed, or in a pet carrier/cage for safety. Owners must provide water and food for their pets, and will be expected to assist in the care of their animals.

Here’s a list of all Oahu evacuation shelters for Hurricane Douglas.

Although all shelters will accept pets, seven shelters on this list will be staffed by volunteers with the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Shelter operations will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 26. Individuals will be required to wear masks at all times during their stay at the respective shelter locations. Exceptions will be made for those with medical conditions.

#DISTRICTSHELTERSADDRESSHawaiian Humane Society Staffed
1CentralMililani HS95-1200 Meheula PkwyYES
2CentralMoanalua HS2825 Ala Ilima St
3CentralWaialua H/I67-160 Farrington Hwy
4HonoluluConvention Ctr1801 Kalakaua AveYES
5HonoluluNiu Valley MS310 Halemaumau St
6LeewardCampbell HS91-980 North RdYES
7LeewardLeihoku ES86-285 Leihoku St
8LeewardNanakuli H/I89-980 Nanakuli AveYES
9LeewardPearl City HS2100 Hookiekie StYES
10WaimanaloCastle HS45-386 Kaneohe Bay DrYES
11WindwardKalaheo HS730 Iliaina St
12WindwardKing IS46-155 Kamehameha HwyYES
13WindwardPope ES41-133 Huli St

While evacuation shelters offer some protection from high winds and flying debris, they are intended to be a last resort option for residents to use at their own risk. 

Officials say that the identified evacuation shelters have not been designed or hardened for winds greater than a tropical storm, which is 39 mph.

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.

Officials add that evacuees should not expect personal care or caregivers to be available at evacuation shelters. Only general assistance and accommodations will be provided. Officials say that evacuees must bring your own food, water, bedding, non-medical grade face coverings, sanitizing supplies, and other emergency supplies with you.

Maui County

All emergency shelters have closed following the cancellation of the Hurricane Warning for Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Hawaii County

All shelters have been closed.

How to volunteer for the Red Cross

To sign up to be a volunteer for the Red Cross this weekend, you can visit RedCross.org/Hawaii or you can also call (808) 739-8122.

Visit KHON’s storm preparation page here.

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