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Department of Emergency Management Issues High Surf Evacuation Guidance for Leeward Coast and North Shore Residents   

Leeward Coast and North Shore residents in need of emergency shelter due to high surf and high winds can now go to the following American Red Cross shelters:

·        Waianae District Park -        85-601 Farrington Hwy

·        Kaneohe District Park -        45-660 Keaahala Rd

·        Waimanalo District Park -    41-415 Hihimanu Street

·        Waialua District Park -         67-180 Goodale Ave

The Bus will provide evacuation shuttles to the designated locations from noon to 5:00 PM today.  Evacuation shuttles will pick up residents at Leeward Coast and North Shore Beach Parks and provide transportation to designated area shelters.  Buses will be identified by a lighted “EVACUATION” destination sign.  There is no charge for evacuation shuttles.   

Residents going to a Red Cross shelter must bring with them non-perishable food, water, clothing, bedding, personal medications, etc. 

Be aware that family pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. If you have pets take them with you when you evacuate.  Pets in their pet carriers should be placed in your vehicle which is parked in a shaded and secure area next to the shelter.  Be sure to bring food, water and cleaning supplies for each pet. 

Service animals assisting persons with disabilities will be allowed in shelters. 

If you are evacuating beaches or beach parks please take down tents and tarps. 

In addition, the Department of Emergency Management continues to advise residents  to prepare for potentially dangerous high winds that are expected to reach the island by this afternoon and continue into Friday.

·        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 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. 

The City’s Emergency Operating Center and the Department of Emergency Management located in the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building will be activated throughout the event.   

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Contact:  


John M. Cummings III

Public Information Officer

Department of Emergency Management

(808) 723-8957  Office

 

Red Cross Shelter Operations Information

Jennifer Walter

Manager of Response and Preparedness

American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter

(808) 368-3069