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OAHU CIVIL DEFENSE WARNS RESIDENTS

TO EXPECT HIGH SURF ON NORTH AND WEST SHORES

 

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for Oahu’s north- and west-facing shores through Friday evening.  North Shore surf heights are expected to reach 30 to 35 feet while west shores could see surf in the 18-to-24-foot range.

 

Oahu Civil Defense Agency advises residents to be aware of the following precautions:

 

  • Residents and visitors are urged to avoid affected beach areas and to comply with life safety directions issued by Ocean Safety lifeguards, police officers and Oahu Civil Defense volunteers.

·       Beach goers should stay well out of the water, away from peninsulas and reef areas overlooking the ocean and be aware of sudden hazardous changes in ocean behavior.

  • Motorists driving along the North Shore should exercise caution, as roads can become blocked with sand and debris.  Past high surf events have caused temporary road closures at Laniakea and the Chun’s Reef area.
  • Prepare to take measures to protect your property and prepare to evacuate to a safer location if necessary.  Listen to your radio or television for specific Civil Defense precautionary information and instructions.
  • Should you need to evacuate because of hazardous surf conditions, seek homes of family or friends away from the coast, or emergency shelters as directed by police, fire or Civil Defense officials.
  • If you need because of an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Oahu Civil Defense Agency is notifying the mayor and City responders about necessary emergency planning and response actions.

“Whenever we are in a high surf warning, there are a number of procedures that are followed as a part of our County Emergency Operating Plan”, said Peter Hirai, Oahu Civil Defense plans and operations officer.  “This ensures that all City personnel and departments who may be called upon to assist during an emergency are updated with the most current information.”

Remember that practically all of Oahu's exposed coastal areas are vulnerable to high surf.  Learn all you can about the high surf hazard in your particular area.  Neighbors, your rental agent, or Oahu Civil Defense can assist in familiarizing you with this hazard.

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Contact:

     Peter J.S. Hirai, Plans and Operations Officer, 523-4121

Thursday, December 28, 2006

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