Department of Emergency Management Issues High Wind Preparedness Guidance

NEWS RELEASE
DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 14, 2014
Contact: John M Cummings III, Public Information Officer – 808-723-8938

Department of Emergency Management Issues High Wind Preparedness Guidance

Honolulu – The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a High Wind Watch for the City and County of Honolulu effective Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Northeast winds are forecast in the 35 to 45 mph range with localized gusts as high as 65 mph. Leeward sloping areas could experience the greatest sustained wind speeds.

When a High Wind Watch has been issued you should prepare by securing loose objects outdoors that may blow about and avoid outdoor activity that exposes you to high winds.

In addition residents should consider the following high wind preparedness actions:

  • Trim dead wood and weak / overhanging branches from all trees.
  • Certain trees and bushes are vulnerable to high winds and any dead tree near a home can become a hazard.
  • Secure lawn furniture, trash cans, holiday decorations especially inflatables and other outside objects that could become projectiles in high winds.
  • Detached carports and open garages have suffered damage in past high wind events.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, battery operated radio and spare batteries in case of power outage.
  • Drivers of large trucks and SUV’s should be prepared for sudden gusts of wind which could cause momentary loss of vehicle control.
  • Listen carefully for safety instructions from the Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
  • Should you have high wind related emergency call 9-1-1 immediately.

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