FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Department of Emergency Management
City and County of Honolulu
Friday, July 26, 2013
The Department of Emergency Management advises residents to follow the progress of Tropical Storm Flossie as it approaches Hawaii.
At 11:00 a.m. Tropical Storm Flossie was located approximately 1,400 miles east of Hilo with maximum sustained winds of 60-mph.
The National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu advised the Department of Emergency Management this afternoon that on its present track Tropical Storm Flossie may bring strong winds and torrential rains and possible flooding early next week. Tropical Storm Flossie is anticipated to cross the 140° longitude and into Hawaiian Waters around noon tomorrow.
Many factors can affect the track of severe weather systems like Tropical Storm Flossie. Residents should be prepared for the issuance of a Tropical Storm Watch or Tropical Storm Warning. In addition residents are urged to monitor television, radio and social media outlets for the latest information until Tropical Storm Flossie is no longer considered a threat.
The Department of Emergency Management recommends the following preparedness actions and procedures:
- Create a family disaster plan. Remember that you and your family may be separated during a disaster. Discuss in advance how you will contact each other; how you will get back together; and how you will respond during an emergency.
- Assemble a seven-day disaster supplies kit in case you have to evacuate your home.
- Know the location of your nearest hurricane shelter.
- Persons who live in frequently flooded areas should keep on hand materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber which can be used to protect properties.
- Make sure you have a battery operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand at all times.
- Residents should sign-up for Nixle at www.nixle.com/dem to receive emergency alerts and community messages via email and cell phone text messaging. Almost 22,000 Oahu residents have already registered.
Visit the department’s web site at www.oahudem.org for more information and to view a list of Oahu hurricane shelters.
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