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Department of Emergency Management Issues High Wind Preparedness Guidance  

            The Honolulu department of Emergency Management today urged Oahu residents to prepare for potentially dangerous high winds that are expected to reach the island by Thursday afternoon and continue into Friday.

Wind gusts of 60 MPH or more are expected, similar in force to those produced by a tropical storm. Residents should consider the following high wind preparedness actions:

·        Keep informed of the latest advisories and warnings from official sources; stay tuned to television and radio stations for information and updates.

·        Trim dead wood and weak / overhanging branches from all trees.

·        Be careful of certain trees and bushes vulnerable to high winds; trees near a home can fall and become a hazard.

·        Secure lawn furniture, trash cans, holiday decorations—especially inflatables—and other outside objects that could become projectiles in high winds.

·        Have flashlights, battery operated radio, and spare batteries on-hand in case of a power outage.

·        Operators of large trucks and SUVs should be prepared for sudden gusts of wind which could cause momentary loss of vehicle control.

·        Listen carefully for safety instructions from the Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.

·        Curtail non-essential travel and outdoor activities.

·        Should you have a high wind related emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

Remember that debris such as broken signs, roofing material, and small items left outside become flying missiles during high wind events. Extensive damage to trees, towers, water and underground utility lines (from uprooted trees), and fallen utility poles can cause further disruption.

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Contact:  

Peter J.S. Hirai

Deputy Director

(808) 723-8952  Office

(808) 499-4518 Cell