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Residents and businesses urged to consider supply chain disruptions when planning and preparing for this hurricane season

Oahu residents and businesses urged to consider supply chain disruptions when planning and preparing for this hurricane season

HONOLULU -- Last week the NOAA Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) announced there is a 60% chance of a below normal hurricane season with 2-4 Tropical Cyclones forming or moving into the Central Pacific and Hawaiian coastal waters. Tropical cyclones include tropical depressions, named storms and hurricanes.

"While the 2022 forecast appears to be in our favor, we simply cannot allow ourselves to become complacent. All it takes is one storm, and we should all proactively prepare in whatever ways we can," said Hiro Toiya, director for the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management. "We are heavily dependent on items brought in by air or ocean to meet our day to day needs. Heavy winds and coastal inundation from hurricane storm surge could damage our supply chain infrastructure and cause disruptions for weeks. We all have to plan and prepare for this possibility."

The City's 2021 Multi-Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan risk assessment noted that Honolulu Harbor and Honolulu International Airport were both highly vulnerable from the effects of hurricane winds and storm surge. In the aftermath of a destructive hurricane, it could take up to 19-days or longer to open our harbors and as long as two-weeks before normal air operations could resume. The impacts to these critical facilities will highly affect our community and our states' ability to recover. Read the 2021 Multi-Hazard Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan report here

Although hurricane season starts in just a few days, it's not too late to start preparing if you haven't already. Take time today to speak with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about hurricane and disaster preparedness. Hurricanes can bring high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge that can impact you and your home; make your plans accordingly. Click this link to learn more . Build, add to or update your 14-day disaster supply kit. This hurricane season, consider gathering containers to store emergency water instead of spending money on bottled water. The Board of Water Supply has information on how to properly store water here Other budget friendly tips include buying foods in bulk and splitting the cost with friends and family as well as shopping thrift stores and garage sales for necessary supplies like portable radios and flashlights. You may also consider buying one or two items to add to your kit each time you go to the grocery store instead of buying all the items at once.

Visit the Honolulu Department of Emergency Managements Hurricane Hub here at for more hurricane planning, preparedness and education information.

Hurricane season for the Central Pacific and the State of Hawaii begins on Wednesday, June 1st and runs through Wednesday, November 30th, 2022.

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