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Hawaiian Electric Urges Hurricane Readiness

June 12, 2017, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated June 12, 7:39 AM
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Hurricane season has arrived and forecasts report that this year could bring more storms than usual, according to a press release by the Hawaiian Electric Companies.

The companies are urging residential and commercial customers to make adequate preparations to secure properties and personal safety in the event of a storm.

Should a hurricane occur, the Hawaiian Electric companies say they are committed to responding quickly to clear debris around power lines and equipment, and restoring power quickly and safely. Hundreds of employees have undergone emergency training in the last year, practiced intensive drills and developed detailed plans in case a storm hits.

Hawaiian Electric Companies recommend that all customers develop their own plans and consider the following tips:

  • Stock up on emergency supplies: battery-powered radio, flashlights, lanterns and
    batteries. Be prepared to monitor storm-related communications via emergency
    broadcast radio stations.
  • Store enough water, non-perishable food, medicine, and personal hygiene supplies for your family and pets to last at least one week.
  • Use high-quality surge protectors to help protect household appliances like electronics, computer equipment, home entertainment systems and motors.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances and equipment during a storm or a
    power outage. When power returns, gradually plug equipment one at a time.
  • To avoid a fire hazard, use flashlights or chemical lights sticks during a power outage instead of kerosene lamps or open flames.
  • If an evacuation is ordered, shut off your electricity at the main breaker.
  • Consider having a backup generator if you are dependent on an electrically-powered life support system. Or, make plans to relocate where electricity will be available. Be prepared to take medical equipment and medications.
  • If you have a backup generator, learn how to properly operate it to avoid causing damage or injury.
  • Prepare a list of emergency contacts including phone numbers for insurance agents,
    vendors, physicians or any other important individuals.
  • If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and dangerous and stay at least 30 feet or more away (about two car lengths).

For power outage updates, follow the company on Twitter at #BigIslandOutage.

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For more storm readiness tips, visit Hawaiianelectric.com/prepare.

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