Aloha 'Oe Felicia


My household Emergency Preparedness Kit

As you see by the items shown above, my household was well-prepared for what was at one point designated a category 3 hurricane named Felicia. Fortunately she fizzled out by the time she hit cooler waters while approaching the northern central Pacific, bringing nothing more than some humidity and scattered rain showers to our islands, which the latter of we needed anyway.

Due to the return of El Nino, this has been an active Hurricane season in the pacific, yet again Hawaii’s had the good fortune to “dodge the bullet” of damage that Felicia could have been.

We’re still keeping our eye on Hurricane Guillermo, which as of this writing is located 20.1 N 138.77W, heading in a west-northwest pattern at 15mph, packing sustained winds at 100 mph. Based on NOAA’s current “cone of error” track, it’s expected to blow far north of Hawaii and fizzle out as well once it hits cooler waters. Knock on wood.

This was Hurricane Felicia’s NOAA track posted on August 8th…


Hurricane Felicia NOAA track on August 8, 2009

Here’s Hurricane Felicia barelling towards Hawaii on August 9th as a category 3 storm…


Hurricane Felicia as a category 3 storm on August 9, 2009

Within the same day (and night), she weakened considerably as she moved over cooler northern tropical waters, going from cat-3 to cat-2, to cat-1 Hurricane force winds within 24 hours…


Hurricane Felicia as a category 2 storm on August 9, 2009

Notice how the once-prominent “eye” in the center disappeared. A good sign indeed.

Again, we’re still watching Guillermo closely, yet optimistic this one will pass us without much effect. Knock on wood.

The south-eastern side of the US is now being threatened with 3 systems: Claudette, Ana and Bill. My prayers go out to you folks that these will have minimal impact.

Looking back once again, you see our Emergency Preparedness “kit” is well stocked and ready in case there’s an event they may be needed…

• Wine (lol)
• Beer (lol)
• A portable Butane Stove
• Butane fuel canisters for the stove
• A 3-LED flashlight
• A 4-D cell Maglight
• Extra Alkaline Batteries
• Basic hand tools
• Tape (for windows)
• First Aid Kit (contains various bandages, cleaning wipes, antibiotic ointment, burn ointment, tweezers, aspirin, etc.)
• Candles
• Matches
• Juice (the 1 gallon plastic jugs they’re in are useful afterwards for water storage for flushing the toilet)
• Bottled Drinking Water
• Cup Noodles (just add hot water)
• Instant Canned Chicken Soup
• Oatmeal Snack Bars (relatively healthy and good for energy; requires no heating to eat)
• Battery-operated AM/FM (this one doesn’t have weatherband) Radio

We also have plenty of magazines and books to read to tick the time away when there isn’t anything else to do.

NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) recommends every household have the following items:

• Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
• Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days:
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
• Blankets / Pillows, etc.
• Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
• First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
• Special Items – for babies and the elderly
• Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
• Flashlight / Batteries
• Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
• Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
• Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
• Keys
• Toys, Books and Games
• Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag:
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
• Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
• Vehicle fuel tanks filled
• Pet care items:
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash

Well, once again it’s a beautiful sunny day today here in Hawaii nei, so I’m off to the beach!

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12 thoughts on “Aloha 'Oe Felicia

  1. I would also get a portable generator to use. Lucky I got a wireless laptop too. I am on solar and wind power so that help a lot. Cash is good but sometime forget where I put it darn.

  2. And, don’t forget to fill your bathtub with water to later use to flush your toilet with esp. you condo dwellers like you Pomai.

  3. Pomai, I am prepared not for hurricane but the big quake since live in California. Was making dinner cooking on stove when the 89 quake hit. Now all set and kept on checking every few months to fresh the supply. Like Erica got wireless desktop and wireless laptop too.

  4. Erica, a generator sounds good, but as Yoro pointed out, I’m a condo dweller, making the storage of such a bulky unit impractical, as it would be too space-consuming when not in use (I try to be a minimalist). Besides, my internet connection is with Oceanic cable (Roadrunner), which would probably also be down as well during an elongated island-wide power outage.

    I do have a standard corded (not wireless) telephone using Hawaiian Tel’s landline infrastructure, which usually remains in service regardless of electtrical power failure. It remained in service at our residence throughout the 24 hour power outage aftermath of the ’06 ‘Quake. To the contrary, my cel phone didn’t work during that time.

    Yoro, check out http://www.waterbob.com. I’m still working on getting that product. Apparently the local Red Cross sells it, but I think you can get it online at a much cheaper price.

    Raph’, mahalo for that thought. Love you man!

    Betty, Hawaii is not only vulnerable to Hurricanes, but also to Tsunamis. In fact, during the threat as Hurricane Felicia approached us, We were also issued a Tsunami watch by NOAA from a major earthquake occurring off the coast of Japan. Imagine getting hit by both a Hurricane AND a Tsunami! Holy-moly!

  5. Pomai, got my supply ready and as for the beers and wine well I can’t say it will last long with me also. My excuss is panic and drink it all up. Heh Heh I got to have my potato chips supply also. Got canned fruits and vegetables and spams, soy bean milks check every month to see it fresh and other important things all set now.

  6. Glad to hear you are okay! I was watching Felicia and really when it missed you guys. Crossing my fingers on Guillermo fizzing out soon. Great emergency kiti. I’ll have to get one of those portable hot plates for my kit.

    Funny you mentioned the ’06 quake. The Mister and I were there for that one. He was working and I was just getting out of bed when it hit. Althugh my cell phone wasn’t getting through, I had my Blackberry with wireless so at least I had email, luckily. Hehe, we still have a candle that we saved from that one as a keepsake.

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