Monday, July 1, 2019
By MC2 Allen Michael Amani, Navy Public Affairs Support Detachment Hawaii
Hurricane season in Hawaii began June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30. This year, Hawaii and the Central Pacific could experience more storms than normal during the hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted five to eight named tropical cyclones in the region.
According to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, last year’s season brought Hurricane Lane, which, had it maintained its course towards the islands, would have resulted in devastating potential damage to residents and their property. Due to the isolated location of Hawaii, the potential shutdown of ports, goods and services can have a major impact on the local economy.
Hawaii residents are encouraged to have a 14-day supply ready in case of emergency. Gathering these items now may alleviate long lines if a hurricane is approaching. Each family should also have an action plan that includes details such as whether your family intends to shelter in place or evacuate.
According to www.ready.gov, a website for the Ready Campaign, developed by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are five categories of hurricanes, each measured by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale: tropical depression, tropical storm, hurricane or major hurricane.
For more information on hurricane preparation, please visit the following links.https://www.dvidshub.net/graphic/6577/hurrex-5-things-you-should-know-about-hurricanes