Hurricane Ignacio churns toward Hawaii

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 Hurricanes on Radar: Preparation Urged, Emergency Proclamation Signed.

“We thank Governor Ige for his support during this crucial time, and are taking advantage of this pre-landfall period to ensure that we are as best prepared as possible,” said Vern Miyagi, Executive Officer of the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency. “With our whole state engulfed in the cone of uncertainty, we ask the public to continue their preparedness efforts and monitor news media for the latest updates regarding Hurricane Ignacio.”

While the National Weather Service advised the governor that the forecast track is highly uncertain, Ignacio does have the ability to cause widespread damage. We will continue to work with our county, state and federal partners and leadership to monitor the storms and provide the public with timely updates as we receive them,” said Mayne.

The path of the cone can be extremely unpredictable and the center of a storm can fall anywhere within that cone. [§127A-16] Major disaster fund. (a) The director shall submit requests to the legislature to appropriate from the general revenues of the State sufficient moneys as may be necessary for expenditure by or under the direction of the governor for immediate relief in response to an emergency or disaster in any part of the State; provided that: (3) In addition to the funds in paragraph (2), an additional $2,000,000 may be made available solely for the purpose of matching federal disaster relief funds when these funds become available to the State following a presidential disaster declaration. The latest update from NWS shows Ignacio located 780 miles east-southeast of Hilo in an area of weak wind shear, which could allow it to strengthen over the weekend. Notwithstanding this subsection, the only exception to [paragraphs (1),] (2), and (3) is that the director may use up to $100,000 per year to support emergency reserve corps training. (b) Federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief shall be deemed to be trust moneys and may be deposited into a trust account with and under the control of the department of defense. With the approach of Hurricane Ignacio to Hawaiʻi, Maui Electric Company wants to remind customers that electricity can be dangerous and electrical safety should never be taken for granted, especially during an emergency situation. Maui Electric urges customers to consider the following safety measures before, during and after a disaster or power outage: Before a storm hits or if there is a power outage, unplug all unnecessary electric equipment and appliances until the storm has passed or until power is restored.

Make plans in advance to go to a safe location where electricity will be available if someone in your home depends on an electrically powered life support system and you don’t have a backup generator. If you have a rooftop photovoltaic system, consult with your licensed solar contractor regarding normal and emergency operation procedures for your solar system.

The handbook includes key numbers to have on hand, checklists for emergency supplies, power outage preparedness and recovery information, and household and food safety tips. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged.

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