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Are you prepared for a hurricane?

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Category 4 Hurricane Iniki hit Hawaii in 1992 and was among the most severe hurricanes in the state’s history. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Category 4 Hurricane Iniki hit Hawaii in 1992 and was among the most severe hurricanes in the state’s history. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Category 4 Hurricane Iniki hit Hawaii in 1992 and was among the most severe hurricanes in the state’s history. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Hurricane season in Hawaii is in full effect until November. And although residents have experienced minor damage from hurricanes over the past several years, experts say it is only a matter of time before a hurricane wreaks havoc on the islands.

To make sure your home is prepared for the hurricane, ensure it meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes and has storm shutters. Also, have proper tools, such as flashlights and batteries, supplies, a first aid kit and have plenty of food. It’s also important that everyone in the household knows an evacuation routes and a meeting point.

“My family and I are always prepared for hurricanes,” freshman Jayce Lynn Jeremiah said.

“When the two recent hurricanes came (Madeline and Lester), we didn’t worry because we were ready.”

Food is an important supply to have packed for emergencies, such as hurricanes. Make sure to store at least three-days worth of nonperishable food. Select food items that do not require any refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Here are more tips:

  • Ready to eat foods include, canned meats, fruits, vegetables and soups
  • High energy foods- peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
  • Vitamins
  • Comfort food- cookies, candy, instant coffee and tea
  • Extra pet food

Tools and supplies that are important to have are:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Signal flare
  • Area map
  • Non-electric can opener or utility knife
  • Battery operated radio

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