HI-EMA Offers Reminders on How to be Prepared in a Disaster

March 13, 2021, 2:30 PM HST
* Updated March 13, 1:14 PM
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The severe weather and consequent flooding across the state serve as a stark reminder that disasters can strike at any time of day, and any time of year.

The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) encourages every resident to take steps right now to prepare for any emergency and protect your ‘ohana and property. Floods are one of the most common hazards in Hawai’i. When it does flood, officials advise the following:

• During heavy rains, or human-made structure failures such as a dam breach, flash flooding can occur quickly and without warning.
• Be prepared to evacuate and move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to act.
• Do not cross fast flowing water in your vehicle or on foot – Turn around, do not drown!
• Contact your property/casualty agent or broker about flood insurance, which is offered through the National Flood Insurance Program.

State officials also urge residents to sign up for Emergency Notifications. Visit for links to each County’s website for free text-based notifications for the latest updates on natural and human-caused emergencies and disasters.

Officials also suggest families make a plan. Have an escape route and meeting place. Identify a family member who lives out-of-state who everyone can notify when they are safe.


Have a 14-day “Go-Kit” packed. Items include:


• Change of clothes and sturdy shoes
• 1 gallon of water per person per day
• Non-perishable foods
• Face coverings, gloves, and sanitizer
• First aid kit
• Battery-powered or crank-powered radio
• Flashlight
• Batteries
• Manual can opener
• Hygiene supplies
• Whistle
• Important documents

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