Hawaii Emergency Preparedness

State Department of Emergency Management

During an emergency or threat of disaster, Civil Defense information will be broadcast over local radio and TV stations. When an evacuation is necessary, these broadcasts may include information about the location of public emergency hurricane shelters in affected areas. More information, including the location of shelters designated for people with special health needs and facilities for household pets may be broadcast, as well as when volunteers will be available to open shelters and direct evacuees to the appropriate areas.

Since public emergency shelters do not stock supplies, please bring provisions from an emergency supply kit. You will need at least seven days worth of food, water, and personal items for yourself and your family members.

For updates on the weather, we suggest downloading the Hawaii News Now app for your phone or iPad.

Please don’t hesitate to text or call us if you have any questions or concerns should a hurricane or other emergency be expected to reach Oahu: 415-484-8378

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Tsunami Information

Statewide Tsunami Info

Tsunami Map: If there is an earthquake or Tsunami expected, view this map for detailed information on Ko Olina.  Note the Lanihonua villas are all in the "Extreme Tsunami Zone".  The Safe zone is either right across Farrington Highway or in the next subdivision over "HONOKAI HALE"  You could walk 5-10 minutes to the safe zone.  Go out of the front gate, turn left onto the "closed road" section to Farrington Highway and you would be in the safe zone.

Hurricane Preparedness

Statewide Hurricane Shelter List

Nearest Shelters to Ko Olina:

Barber's Point Elementary: 3001 Boxer Rd, Kapolei, HI 96707

Makakilo Elementary: 92-675 Anipeahi St, Kapolei, HI 96707

Kapolei Elementary: 91-1119 Kamaaha Loop, Kapolei, HI 96707

Kapolei High: 91-5007 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI 96707

Nanakuli Intermediate & High: 89-980 Nanakuli Ave, Waianae, HI 96792

Hurricane Tips

Before a Hurricane

  • Fuel your vehicles.
  • Check food and water supplies. Make sure you have water and non-perishable food. Keep a small cooler with frozen gel packs handy for packing refrigerated items if the power goes out.
  • Check prescription medicines and make sure you have enough to get you through the next week.
  • Stock up on extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Store and secure outdoor lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects.
  • Have on hand an extra supply of cash.
  • Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows. When flooding may be occurring, be prepared to take shelter on a floor safely above the flooding and wave effects.

During a Hurricane

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • If you are directed by local authorities to evacuate, please do so as quickly and safely as possible. Be sure to follow their instructions.
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.

After a Hurricane

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas or if floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Inspect your villa for damage and please let us know if there is any.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
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