David Y.Ige | HIEMA Press Release: HI-EMA Activates State Emergency Operations Center to Monitor Hurricane Darby; The weakening of the system could still bring substantial rains and gusty winds

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HIEMA Press Release: HI-EMA Activates State Emergency Operations Center to Monitor Hurricane Darby; The weakening of the system could still bring substantial rains and gusty winds

Published on Jul 14, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) activated the state Emergency Operations Center at 8 a.m. Thursday to monitor Hurricane Darby after the weakened storm system moved through the central Pacific at night.

Activation at Level 3, a step above normal operations, provides additional resources to plan for potential impacts and coordinate with Hawaii Counties and our other partners if they need assistance dealing with the aftermath of the storm. Darby was about 850 miles east of Hilo at noon and still showing sustained winds near 100 mph as it moved over cooler waters.

“While the National Weather Service expects Darby to weaken and pass into our south this weekend, remnants of the tropical system could still bring several inches of rain and locally strong winds to the Big Island and Maui. by Saturday,” said administrator Luke Meyers. from HI-EMA. “When you combine these potential impacts with the high surf we’re expecting this weekend, we want to make sure we’re ready for anything, just in case.”

Darby reminds that hurricane season can threaten Hawai’i even if a storm passes well offshore, with wind, coastal waves and local flooding of roads and low-lying areas all possible.

HI-EMA reminds residents and visitors of these tips before and during heavy weather:

  • Check the places where you live, work and play for potential hazards, such as blocked drainage or tree branches that could blow through a window or roof – there’s still time to prepare.
  • Fill the fuel tank and recharge cell phones, in case of power failure or if you need to move to a safer place.
  • Make sure you have water and food, necessary medications, masks and sanitizer, battery operated radio and other emergency supplies. HI-EMA recommends residents to Two weeks loan, but even a few days prepare you better. Don’t forget the pet supplies!
  • There’s never a bad time to develop an emergency plan with your family and put it into practice.

If Darby brings extreme conditions, remember to avoid driving through water in the event of local flooding. Flowing water can wash away a car, and Hawaii’s steep valleys mean it can flow quickly – turn around, don’t drown.

Coincidentally, the activation of the State Emergency Operations Center occurs concurrently with a previously scheduled emergency preparedness exercise on Saturday, July 16, involving Hawaiian amateur radio operators. If you happen to hear radio traffic about a mock emergency on Saturday, don’t be confused. Any information related to an actual emergency incident would be communicated through multiple channels, including the HI-EMA Twitter feed at @Hawaii_EMA and messages to local media.

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Contact:

Adam Weintraub
Communications Director

[email protected]
808-620-5417

Mahalo,

Adam Weintraub

Communications Director

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

4204 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816

[email protected]

Office: 808 733-4300, extension 522

Cell: 808-620-5417

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