But is there anything else we should do?
Well, there is plenty of information available on Maui County Civil Defense and Pacific Disaster Center Websites, which also provide printable checklists for making a disaster preparedness plan and a disaster supply kit for your family.
Even better, you can learn and see much more at the fifth annual Maui County Hurricane Expo, which will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free information will be available at the center stage of the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center about emergency preparedness in general and how to get your home and family ready for a hurricane.
Co-sponsored by Maui County Health Volunteers, the Emergency Preparedness Branch of the Maui District Health Office, Maui County Civil Defense and Pacific Radio Group, the expo will bring together numerous organizations under one roof to offer practical and even fun ideas about preparing for emergencies.
A variety of “go-kits” and first aid kits will be on display, and attendees can spin a prize wheel to answer a “preparedness question” for an item they can add to your own emergency kit. The Red Cross will have the stage set up to simulate a hurricane shelter.
Representatives from the Maui County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Pacific Disaster Center, Salvation Army, Maui County Office on Aging, American Red Cross, Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Simpson Strong Tie, UH Sea Grant Program and the Department of Land and Natural Resources Flood Plain Management will all be present to provide information and answer questions.
This year’s expo will include a workshop with Dennis Hwang, co-author of the Sea Grant publication Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.
In addition, the Maui Humane Society will provide information regarding pet preparedness.