GET READY

An emergency can strike our community, our home, and our family unexpectedly, without warning. Do you know what to do? Does your family know how to contact you? Do you have a plan to connect and meet up with your loved ones?

​​In an actual emergency, we are often forced to rely on our own resourcefulness. It's simply a matter of knowing how to react when a disaster strikes.

Consider that in 95% of all emergencies, bystanders or the victims themselves are the first to provide help or to perform a rescue. Often emergency personnel are overwhelmed during severe disasters like hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, etc. and may face delays while trying to reach local communities.

That's why residents should plan and prepare
before a disaster strikes; stay informed before,
during, and after a disaster, and get to know
neighbors, particularly those too elderly or too ill
to independently plan and prepare themselves
for a disaster.

Communication and planning are key to keeping
our families, homes, and our communities safe
from the threats of crime, terrorism, and any 
all hazard disaster.

When individuals and their communities are prepared to mutually assist each other in the event of a disaster, lives can be saved, property can be spared, and emergency services can focus on reaching the most devastated areas first.

Don’t want to be a VICTIM? Want to learn how to be a SURVIVOR?
Here are some simple things you can do now.

Disaster Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. If a disaster strikes Oahu, you can expect the following:

                                                                                               
                                            



                                                                                            No electricity

                                                                                           No running water to access drinking
                                                                                                 water or flush toilets

                                                                                            Utility poles and debris on roads

                                                                                           Bridges damaged and unusable

                                                                                           Airport closed so no flights arriving or
                                                                                                 departing Honolulu

                                                                                         Harbor closed so no Matson or other
                                                                                         cargo filled containers arriving or
                                                                                         departing with produce and supplies

                                                                                           Communication modes inoperable -
                                                                                          unable to make calls or use the internet

                                                                                          No gasoline at gas stations due to no
                                                                                         power at the pump
                                                                                       
                                                                                           No ATM machines to access cash

                                                                                         No help from government until roads
                                                                                          are cleared and reopened

                                                                                           

Create an Emergency Plan:

   Emergency Contact (In-State)


   Emergency Contact (Out-of-State)


   Shelter-in-place or Evacuate due to a hazard


   Emergency Shelter


   Post-Disaster Family Meeting Place