How To Prepare For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and families on the island of Oahu are encouraged to plan, prepare, and practice in advance before a natural disaster hits their communities and they are forced to evacuate. Military families living on base should be aware of the locations of base-designated “safe havens” and emergency family assistance centers (EFAC) as well as outside public emergency shelters if they are living off base.

Base safe haven locations

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) “safe havens” or facilities located on base that provide protection from natural disasters, provide an option for displaced personnel to take refuge inside the installation. Two JBPHH safe haven locations have been identified at Joint Base Fitness Center and Hickam Gym.

When going to a safe haven, families should bring their sleeping bags, emergency kits and a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water. Due to the limited availability of safe havens, a priority for occupancy can be ordered. Personnel with priority include category one and five personnel and their family members and residents in housing areas most vulnerable to a hurricane.

Emergency assistance centers (EFACs)

According to Military One Source, emergency family assistance centers (EFACs) promote both short and long-term recovery and the return to a stable environment and mission ready status for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel and their families following an all-hazards incident. Residents living on base, forced to evacuate, must first register at their designated EFAC. The designated EFAC for JBPHH will be at Makai Recreation Center, located at 1859 McChord Street, Building 1859 (on Hickam). From there, residents will receive their assigned “safe haven” location.

State shelters off-base

Military families living off-base should seek shelter at the closest City and County of Honolulu shelter. Do not bypass an open state shelter in an effort to reach the base. If required, state-run emergency shelters will open selectively, depending on the severity and type of incident or disaster. A complete list of Hurricane Evacuation Shelters on Oahu, can be found at

Military families living off base, particularly in coastal evacuation zones or in areas prone to flooding, should be aware of the locations of the two City and County of Honolulu shelters near their home. Do not attempt to seek refuge in a shelter unless notified that shelters have been officially opened. For information on City and County of Honolulu shelters, visit


As hurricane season is upon us, it’s important to take the time to prepare and protect your valuable property and loved ones. Preparation begins now. Residents should ensure that they don’t wait until the last moment to purchase items or prepare their property. You can keep this pullout as a ready reference throughout the storm season. Here are some tips to help you prepare for, get through, and recover from a storm:

Before the storm

• Build disaster and pet emergency kits.

• Determine if you live in a flood-prone area.

• Know your surroundings and be aware of where higher ground might be.

• Make plans to secure your property.

• Install straps or additional clips to ensure your roof is securely fastened.

• Trim trees and shrubs around your home to become more wind resistant.

• Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

• Reinforce garage doors.

• Make a plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else not tied down.

• Determine how and where to secure boats, kayaks, etc.

• Consider purchasing a generator in case of emergencies.

During the storm

• Listen to radio or television for information.

• Secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.

• Turn off utilities if instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest and keep door closed.

• Turn off propane tanks.

• Avoid using the phone except for emergencies.

• Stay inside.

• Stay away from windows and doors.

• If the storm becomes intense, retreat to a designated interior safe room. Lie on the floor u under a table or another u sturdy object.

After the storm

• Don’t leave your home or shelter until emergency officials tell you it’s safe.

• Don’t go out on the roads until you get the all-clear.

• Watch and listen for reports on flooding or other storm-related activities.

• Don’t call the police or u other officials unless there is a life-threatening situation or emergency. Stay off the phone unless it’s an u emergency.

• Watch for and don’t touch downed power lines.

• Watch your step. There may be broken glass and other u debris lying about.

• Report dangling or downed power lines, broken water or sewer lines, or broken or downed telephone lines to the proper authorities.

• Inspect your home for damage; take pictures of damage for insurance purposes.

The day after the storm

• Don’t sightsee. Authorities may be out repairing downed power poles, lines, sewer lines, etc.

• Use batteries and cell u phones sparingly. You may not be able to replace them u so easily.

WHAT TO BRING if ordered to safe haven or shelter

• Build a disaster kit for your family. Bring it with you if you have to evacuate to a shelter or a safe haven.

• Water – one gallon/person/day for at least seven days.

• Non-perishable food for at least seven days.

• Sleeping bags, change of clothing ( (if you evacuate).

• Manual can opener.

• First aid kit and include any prescription medications, at least a 14-to-30 day supply.

• Personal sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties.

• Flashlight and extra batteries.

• Pet supplies: Crate, leash, food and water.

• Specialty items for children (toys, coloring books) or elderly.

• Extra glasses.

• Candles and waterproof matches.

• Money – at least $250 in cash (in small denominations: 1, 5, 10, 20s), and travelers checks, extra car keys.

• Local maps and your evacuation plan.

• Family communication plan.

• Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with NOAA weather channel (many models can also charge your cell phone).

• Important family documents (passports, IDs, deeds, wills, etc.)

• Dust masks and gloves.

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.

• Lanterns.


Your pet will need supplies during an emergency. The best way to ensure you are prepared is to create a pet emergency supply kit, which should be stored alongside your family emergency supply kit in a waterproof container. If an evacuation is necessary, it is best to already know which shelters do and do not allow pets and to have the necessities on hand to continue to care for them. When evacuating, many shelters often ask for health paperwork before accepting you and your pets. This is what you will need for your pet:

• Carrier/kennel.

• Pet foot (7-day supply).

• Water.

• Bowls for food and water.

• Cat litter and box or doggie waste bags.

• Muzzle.

• Paper towels.

• Disinfectant.

• Flashlight.

• Extra collar with identification tags.

• Extra leash.

• Vaccine and other important medical documentation.

• Any medications your pet is on (2-week supply).

• Microchip information and number (if applicable)

• Recent photograph of pet

• Bedding.

• Toys.

• Picture and owner contact information on side of pet’s kennel.

• A list of emergency telephone numbers including your veterinarian, local animal control, local animal shelters, the Red Cross, and any other individual or group you might need to contact during the disaster.


• Emergency, police, fire ambulance: 911

• Department of Emergency Management: 723-8960 (City and County)

• Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (Formerly Hawaii State Civil Defense): 733-4300

• National Weather Service (weather advisories): 973-5286

• Military and Family Support Center: 474-1999

• Navy Marine Corps Relief Society: 473-0282

• Air Force Aid Society: 449-0301

• JBPHH Straight Talk Line: ( 421-4000 (recorded messages)

• HECO Service Center: 548-7311 (to report power outages, downed power lines, trees on power lines)

• Board of Water Supply trouble line: 748-5000

• Hawaiian Telcom repair services: 643-6111

• Hawaii Gas Emergency service: 526-0066

• Street lights out City (residential areas): 768-5300, State 831-6714, State (after hours) 485-6200

• Time Warner Cable: 643-2100

• NAVFAC Hawaii emergency desk: 449-3100 (to report hazards to property, roads or utilities on JBPHH)


• JBPHH Facebook: www.facebook. com/JointBasePearlHarborHickam

• JBPHH website

• Navy Region Hawaii Facebook:

• Navy Region Hawaii website:

• City & County of : Honolulu Department of Emergency Management (DEM):

• Central Pacific Hurricane Center

• Hawaii Emergency Management : Agency:

• National Oceanic and Atmospheric : Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center : www.nhc.noaa. gov/prepare/ready.php

• Joint Typhoon Warning Center : Pacific Disaster Center:

• Hawaiian Humane Society: www.

• Red Cross Disaster Preparedness:


• FEMA Ready Campaign:

• CNIC Ready Navy:

via Google Play (Android) or Apple Store (iPhone):

• Weather from NOAA

• Ready Hawaii (Department of Emergency Management)

• HTVMA Solutions, Inc Hurricane Tracker


• Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam TV Channel 2 (on base residents only)

• Local and cable news outlets

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