Hurricane Iselle

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Hurricane Iselle

Postby wh6kim » 05 Aug 2014 03:16

Copy of email I have sent out today. Important information. Please respond or add links as needed
Aloha friends,
I am writing you this morning in regards to the severe weather headed to our home. I have sent this email out to you if you are a friend, a radio colleague, an ARES member or a PERC member. As members of our community, this pertains to us all as a community. During times like this we are all family.

Hurricane Iselle is expected to make landfall as early as Thursday. It may be considered a tropical storm then but it does not lessen the danger. We must be diligent to prepare ourselves, our homes and our friends. Please pass this email on to friends, neighbors, and relatives. Taking the few minutes to share information may save a life.

Beginning tomorrow, I will begin radio bulletins and emails regarding warnings, watches and advisories in regards to the hurricane. I encourage all of you to do the same. Please pass on messages as posted by the appropriate agency without opinion. It is so important that we don't add information that could give out inaccurate or frightful information.

Below is some preparedness information sent out by Bill Hansen at Civil Defense. I also have included some important internet links. Information is power and we can never have enough at times like these. I know that regardless of affiliations or friendships, we will all work together.

Kimberly Fendt. Wh6kim
DEC E. Hawaii ARES
Emergency Coordinator PERC

From  Mr. Hansen at CD-
One great thing about storms of this nature is the let us see them well enough in advance to do something about it and change the future.


Here are some good sense practices that you may want to consider prior to landfall of a threat.  This is public information.  Other sites to consider are and NOAA’s website, and other locations for extreme weather.


Wind Damage – Consider tall trees, canopies, and other items that could either be pushed over or be thrown.  Consider trimming back trees, removing canopies, and securing down items of concern.


Rain Damage – Clean out rain gutters.  Clear drainage path for problem areas.  Invest in sandbags, if needed.  Have the leak in the roof patched.   


High Surf and Storm Surge Damage – Remove ocean craft from the water, where possible.  Consider the potential damage high surf and storm surge could cause if located near the ocean and take action in advance.


Lightning Damage – Disconnect electronic equipment from power source, when needed.  Avoid venturing outside when lightning is striking.


Information/Communications – Listen to the local radio station for updates.  Sign-up for Civil Defense alert messaging products.  If part of a community communications team, or emergency team, or watch team, consider reviewing your emergency communications plan as a team.  As a family, review your family’s emergency plan.  Assure communications equipment is ready.  Test communications equipment.  Consider extra batteries and alternative power source apart from public utility power.



1.       Food – Non-perishable foods are best to have on hand.  Refrigeration could be compromised and food may spoil.

2.       Refrigeration Tip – Take a photo of your freezer and refridgerator (interior).  Should the power go out, refrain from opening the door to conserve and extend preservation.  Refer to photo to decide on what to remove in order to minimize time door is open.

3.       Hygiene – It is possible that water may not be available or limited.  Fill tub, totes, even a truck bed (using a tarp) so you have water on hand to flush the toilet, wash dishes, etc. 

4.       Water - Save milk jugs, juice and water bottles and caps.  Sanitize and use for fresh drinking water or to make ice to keep food and freezer cold.  When making ice, squeeze out 10% to 15% of water not leaving any air inside as well to allow for expansion during freezing.   

5.       Medication – A supply of medication is critical.

6.       Power – Plan for power outages.  Consider back-up power needs, alternative lighting, and going without.  Check batteries for flashlights, and other devices.  Consider vehicle battery as it may be required to operate well.

7.       Fuel (cooking) – If on LPG, check there is sufficient fuel.  Have a working fire extinguisher ready and available.

8.       Fuel (transportation) – Consider topping off vehicles.

9.       Cash – Should power be disrupted, ATMs may possibly not be operating.

10.   Documents/Documentation – Recheck your critical documents, numbers, accounts, etc.  Consider taking photos of your property (house, vehicles, belongings as a form of documentation.

11.   Lighting – Use flashlights over open ignition sources when power is out.  Have a working fire extinguisher ready and available.


Shelter-in-Place or Evacuate:

1.       Know where your nearest evacuation shelter is located, consider whether your situation will warrant the need to evacuate or your personal shelter allows for sheltering-in-place.


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