Virtual Hurricane Resource Fairs Happening Later This Month
The Office of Housing and Community Development and Civil Defense Administration will be co-hosting virtual resource fairs on hurricane readiness through July, The County of Hawaiʻi announced.
Hawaiʻi County is no stranger to hurricanes. In 2018, Hurricane Lane hit the Island of Hawaiʻi as a powerful
tropical cyclone that brought torrential rainfall and strong winds. The eastern slopes of Mauna Loa accumulated 58 inches of peak rainfall with winds peaking at 160 mph. As a result, several structures were damaged across the island, and multiple neighborhoods were flooded.
As we enter the 2022 hurricane season, the county wants to encourage residents to be prepared. The scheduled sessions will allow participants to hear from NOAA National Weather Service/Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hawaiian Electric Company, County of Hawaiʻi Civil Defense Agency, and Office of Aging on hurricanes in Hawaiʻi.
“Being prepared and having a plan is the best way for our residents to keep themselves and their families safe in the event of a natural emergency,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “We’re encouraging all of our residents to attend a free virtual briefing and learn how they can best prepare their family for a hurricane.”
“It is too late to plan and prepare when a Tropical Cyclone is about to impact the island,” added Talmadge Magno, Civil Defense Administrator. “The time to prepare is now while the weather is calm. Residents should develop an individual or family plan that includes where to go for shelter, how to communicate with each other, and the necessary supplies you will need. Also include vulnerable neighbors or people you may know, so they are cared for. Don’t become a victim.”
July 18, 2022
Contact Marcia Yoshiyama by email at [email protected] or by phone at 808-961-8379 if you have any questions.