By Staﬀ Sgt. Jasmonet Jackson
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Aﬀairs
Service members, their families, and surrounding Hawaii community residents have been maintaining social distance while getting ready for the hurricane season that comes around every year.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and peaks during the months of August and September. During the oﬀ season, anyone residing in the tropical areas of the western Paciﬁc, to include Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and Saipan are highly encouraged to plan, prepare and to practice safety measures to protect their families and valuables before a natural disaster hits.
The year 2020 has brought on some challenges for service members and their families who have just arrived on island and have yet to make a hurricane preparedness kit. It also aﬀects Hawaii residents who are familiar with hurricane season.
“Because of the virus, a lot of people are in a panic [on Oahu] and buying all of the necessities, but it’s only because of COVID-19,” said Meridy Dizon Sirineo, a Hawaii local. “We not only have to worry about COVID but now we are preparing for hurricane season as well.”
Sirineo has experience with hurricanes. She recalls her experiences living on Oahu in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall. Based on this experience, she believes she and her family could get by.
“My main concern is for my children,” said Sirineo.
The ultimate goal while living in areas of potential hurricanes is knowing what to do before, during and after.
To learn more about how to prepare your family and household, visit the following sites:
· Central Paciﬁc Hurricane Center: www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/
· Hawaii Emergency Management Agency: www.scd.hawaii.gov
· National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php
· Joint Typhoon Warning Center - Paciﬁc Disaster Center: www.pdc.org/weather/index.php/tag/joint-typhoon-warning-center
· Red Cross Disaster Preparedness: www.redcross.org/local/hawaii/programs-services/disaster-preparedness
· FEMA: www.fema.gov
FEMA Ready Campaign: www.ready.gov