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Ige Signs Emergency Proclaimation in Anticipation of Kilo

August 21, 2015, 11:33 AM HST
* Updated August 21, 11:35 AM
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Governor David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation as Tropical Storm Kilo inches closer to the islands.

The National Weather service forecasts a potential impact to the state early next week. Although the storm’s strength and track have left some uncertainly, the state continues to prepare.

In signing the proclamation, the Major Disaster Fund is activated and set aside by the legislature for disaster relief state-wide. Mobilizing the funds will provide access to state and federal emergency resources and suspend certain laws that may be needed during an emergency situation.

“As we prepare for any impacts Kilo may bring to our state, coordination amongst local, state and federal emergency management partners is ongoing and will continue with the support and collaboration of Gov. Ige through the weekend,” said Doug Mayne, Administrator of Emergency Management. “We strongly encourage the public to take advantage of the weekend to prepare their homes and families as this aggressively active hurricane season continues.”

HI-EMA recommends the following guidelines for storm preparedness as Tropical Storm Kilo nears:

  • Talk with family members about what you plan to do if a hurricane or tropical storm impacts the state. Make an action plan that includes details such as whether or not your family plans to evacuate.
  • Download the Ready Hawai’i app from the iTunes or Google Play! store. This app can aid in your emergency planning and will list shelters if they are opened for evacuation.
  • Download the HI-EMA preparedness brochure for detailed recommendations and other resources.
  • Follow the Department of Education online for the latest information on possible school closures. Make sure you know the closure notification procedure if your children attend a private or charter school.
  • High winds may affect your travel plans. Check with your airline prior to any planned flights next week.
  • Identify small outdoor items that could be picked up by high winds. Make a plan to bring these items indoors if a hurricane/tropical storm watch or warning is issued.
  • Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget seven days of food and water for your furry family members.
  • Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
  • Visitors should download and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure.
  • Read the Hawai’i Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual for recommended precautions to protect your boat prior to a storm.
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