Hawaii Awaits Hurricane Lane

From CNN:  Hurricane Lane is the biggest weather threat to Hawaii in decades.

The Diva noted that in the relatively small amount of news coverage of the pending hurricane yesterday (in the Washington, DC area) one of the local Hawaiian officials who was urging citizen preparedness said “We do not want to be another Puerto Rico.”

Excerpt from article in HuffPost:

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Gov. David Ige told residents to prepare to shelter in place with enough food and supplies to last 14 days.

The Diva does not recall ever seeing officials recommend such a long time period. For more details on that matter, see the blog posting by Eric Holdeman. 

Update: From Fox news, it appears that extraordinary preparations have been made. FEMA is trying hard.

On 8/24, this update from the Weather Channel.

Also on 8/24, more than 30 inches of rain have fallen on Hawaii.

One thought on “Hawaii Awaits Hurricane Lane

  1. The standard has always been for individuals or families to have enough resources on hand that could last for 3 days or 72 hours after a disaster. That has always been the benchmark. Noticed after Superstorm Sandy that governmental emergency managers started, in some situations, to expand the time individuals or families must be able to care for themselves beyond the normal 3 days. While having two weeks of supplies seems excessive, it acknowledges the brutal reality that government is unable to help those in need in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. However, having 2 weeks of food on hand could place a financial strain on those with limited economic resources.

    Based on news reports, noticed two interesting facts or practices with Hawaii’s approach to shelter management:

    1. Apparently shelters in Hawai do not supply food and ….

    2. Hawaiian officials announced that there is not enough public shelter space for everyone.

    Never heard of a designated or official storm shelter not furnishing food, especially with an extended disaster event like Hurricane Lane. Arrangements for food is relatively straight forward, especially with those shelters placed in public schools that have cafeteria facilities.

    Regarding public shelter space, all emergency mamangenet officials know that while there is never enough shelter space for the majority of the community, history tells us only a small percentage of the population utilizes public shelters during disasters. Perhaps a better way to approach this shelter management concern would be to issue a statement that essentially says “that while sheltering in place is preferred, if you feel uncomfortable staying in your house or live in an area prone to flooding, we strongly encourage you to go to a public shelter.” Statements that provide comfort and promotes confidence with the public without comprising the truth or reality of the situation is of the utmost importance with properly managing a crisis.

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