Aware & Prepared
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Aware & Prepared

Base Security and Emergency Services
  • Hickam (JPBHH): 808-449-7114
  • Kaneohe Bay (MCBH): 808-257-2123
  • Pearl Harbor (JBPHH): 808-471-6752
  • Schofield Barracks: 808-655-7114
  • Fort Shafter (MP Desk): 808-438-7114
  • Tripler Army Medical Center ER: 808-433-6629
Miscellaneous Emergency Services
  • Ambulance, Fire and Police: 911
  • Non-emergency Police: 808-935-3311 
  • Hawaii Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222
Natural Disasters

Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and flash floods are all possible in Hawaii.

Hurricane season in the Pacific Rim lasts from June 1 to November 30 each year.  There may also be a threat of a tsumani when an earthquake happens in the Pacific Rim and high winds and flashfloods can increase the likelihood of loss of power and access to clean water and food for a significant amount of time. You should be aware of the tsunami evacuation zones and what to do if you hear or receive a hurricane or tsunami alert (i.e. where to evacuate to, what to take with you or how to safely shelter in place).
 
While the active volcanos are on the Big Island, there is the possibility of earthquakes and vog (combination of gases and particles emitted by an erupting volcano reacting with oxygen and moisture in the presence of sunlight), affecting the island of O’ahu (where we live) as well. Following an earthquake in the Hawaiian islands, or anywhere in the Pacific Rim, there is always the potential of a tsunami and flash floods. Flash floods are also a possibility when it rains heavily, especially in the winter months. It is always best to be prepared for such occurrences and know what to do if these happen, such as having an 72 hour (always) to 2 week emergency (hurricane season) kit, knowing where to get the latest safety and weather information and having a plan if you have to evacuate or shelter-in-place. 

It is a good idea to know where you can find information in the event of an emergency, here are a few great links to start:

Hawaii.gov - Alerts
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
Honolulu Info - HNL (download the app!)
Hurricane Information  

Emergency Preparedness 

To be ready to survive such a potential disaster, it is always best to prepare beforehand with an emergency preparedness kit to last 2 weeks during hurricane season and always having a 72 hour emergency kit throughout the year, which can also function as go-bags if you have to evacuate. The resources below have instructions and tips on how to prepare and what you should have on hand. 

What to do to prepare for a hurricane in Hawaii (MFS US Hawaii created document)

Hurricane Prepardness
Hawaii.gov - Preparedness Information

Suggested Hurricane Supply Kit
 
Other things to be aware of and prepared for: Beach and Water Safety

Hawaii's ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves.  You should always check the weather report on the day you plan to go to the beach. This website constantly monitors the surf, wind, and reports from public safety officials that directly affect the safety conditions of Hawaiian beaches: Hawaii Beach Safety

The safest way to enjoy a beach is to go to one with a lifeguard: Lifeguarded Beaches

Jellyfish stings can happen and jellyfish on the islands have a cycle.  To see if there is a risk of jellyfish, check before you go to the beach with the Box Jellyfish Calender
 
Marine Animals and Sea-Birds

In Hawai‘i we share our ocean with more than 7,000 species of marine life. General guidelines are that you do not feed, or attempt to feed, any marine mammals and do not swim with, ride, pet, touch or attempt to interact with marine mammals or sea birds.
Reporting a sick, injured, entangled, stranded, or dead animal is the best way to make sure professional responders and scientists know about it and can take appropriate action. Organizations in Hawaii are trained and ready to respond. If you see a sick, injured, stranded, or dead marine mammal or sea turtle, immediately contact your local stranding network. 

Hawaiʻi Statewide Marine Animal Stranding, Entanglement, and Reporting Hotline (can be used to report sea birds in distress as well): 888-256-9840. 

You can also use the NOHA Dolphin and Whale 911 app to report. Currently, the app is available for Apple devices only. For more information on local safety please contact the local MFSC to obtain a copy of the local Marine Animal guide.