Create Your Family Plan

Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance (1) how you will get to a safe place, (2) how you will contact one another, (3) how you will get back together, and (4) what is your plans in different situations.

You should also inquire about emergency plans at

places where your family spends time: work, daycare
and school, faith organizations, sports events and
commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to
help create one. Talk to community leaders, your
colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic
organizations about how you can work together in the
event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to
safely reunite your family and loved ones during an
emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. 

 Water, electricity, sewer, television and phone services may be
interrupted for some time during an emergency.  Stores may
temporarily run out of supplies.  Gasoline deliveries may be late
and public transportation may be not be running or slow to return.
Along with developing an emergency plan, packing an emergency
kit is the best way to be prepared. How each kit is packed depends
on your particular circumstances.  You may live by yourself, you may live with several family members, or you may spend a lot of time away from home.  Each kit packed should factor the hazards in your area, the size of your household, and any special circumstance you may need to consider, such as the need for prescription medications or pet supplies. 

Supplies in your kit should be stored in a cool, dark, dry location and rotated regularly.  An effective way to develop a kit is to buy one or two items every time you go to the store.  After a few months, you will have established a good kit and can begin to use kit supplies by replacing them with new ones.  In this way, your disaster kit will always stay fresh.

Get Prepared

Watch these videos on emergency preparedness:

  •   Tape will not protect your glass windows or doors – the recommendation is to use plan now to harden your homes by using plywood or other alternatives.

  • Homes built before 1995 most likely were not built with hurricane clips or straps – the recommendation is to retrofit your homes with these clips and straps.

  • You can find step by step guidance on how to prepare your home by clicking on the link below:  

 Planning and Evacuation

On Oahu, during an Emergency Evacuation, all City Buses on the roads become evacuation buses.  The marquee on TheBus changes to “Evacuation” and anyone can wave the bus down anywhere along the bus’ route and does not need to be at a bus stop.  The ride is free and will take you, your emergency supply kit and pets provided they are in a carrier to the nearest shelter or safe zone.

If you are able bodied, we encourage you to walk or bike it to the nearest shelter or family/friend home if you are unable to shelter-in-place.

Those with mobility difficulties, we encourage you to talk to family, friends, and neighbors to develop a plan to either shelter-in-place or evacuate.  Handivan and ambulance services will most likely be unable to get to you; therefore, it’s important to plan now.

Public Shelters

Public Shelters – on Oahu, most of our Hurricane Shelter facilities are State Department of Education Facilities that are not located in FEMA Flood Zone Area nor located in the Tsunami Evacuation Zone Area.  The Hurricane Shelters that will be open will be broadcast over local TV, radio, and HNL.Info mobile app, so stay informed.

Public Shelters are hot, uncomfortable and you have to bring your own emergency supplies with you.  During a hurricane, you are provided 10 sq ft of space to fit you and your supplies.  Basically, the shelters will pack as many people as possible to protect them from the hurricane force winds, rains and storm surge.  Once the storm passes, and some people return home, more space will be allotted (40 sq ft) to those unable to return home or have no home to return to.

Stay Informed

There are many ways to stay informed about disasters.  It’s important to use the methods familiar to you and do not rely on just one source of information.  Government agencies and the media have teamed to develop the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  EAS is used to alert the public about disasters using radio and television.

Sign up for free emergency alerts at:


Download the:  ReadyHawaii App

Tune in to your local TV News Station

Listen to local radio:                              

KSSK AM 590 / FM 92.3                                   
KZOO AM 1210 (Japanese)
KREA AM 1540 (Korean)
KNDI AM 1270 (Multi-Cultural-Filipino,
Tongan, Hispanic, Chinese, Okinawan, Vietnamese,
Laotian, Marshallese, Pohnpeian, and Chuukese)   

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards:          

County: Honolulu                                  
Same #:  015003                                   
NWR Transmitter:  Oahu                           
Call Sign: KBA99                                   
Frequency: 162.550                                
Remarks:  NW                                    

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