Don’t start your Christmas shopping quite yet… The season I am talking about is hurricane season, which begins on June 1 and lasts through November in the Central Pacific.
Do you know what to expect? Will the 2009 hurricane season be worse than a typical year because of global warming? Do you know what to do in case of a hurricane? Will your house protect you, or should you go to a nearby shelter? Will a shelter withstand hurricane force winds? Where’s the closest one? Can I bring my dog with me? But wait; isn’t it true that Maui is protected from hurricanes?
To find out the answers to these questions and more, you are invited to the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) on Friday, May 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., when experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) will present the 2009 Hurricane Season Preparedness Workshop.
The panel of experts includes NWS Meteorologist-in-Charge Jim Weyman, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Ray Tanabe, PDC Executive Director Ray Shirkhodai and Senior Weather Specialist Glenn James, who will discuss the 2009 hurricane season outlook and answer your questions.
This is your chance to get hurricane facts and figures directly from the scientists who develop the data. Learn all about hurricane activity expected in the 2009 season. Hear about PDC services and discuss your household’s awareness and preparedness for hurricanes and other potential disasters with NWS and PDC specialists. Find out about resources you can use for understanding tropical cyclones and how to track their movements. Become familiar with tropical cyclone-related products and address other related needs and concerns you may have.
The cusp of the hurricane season should serve as a reminder to be prepared for emergencies of all kinds. The threat of other natural forces always looms in our future, with the potential of inflicting loss of life and widespread destruction. As grim as those possibilities sound, take them as a reminder to prepare for possible emergency situations.
Some of the many resources available for information about what you need to know about hurricane preparedness include Maui County Civil Defense (www.co.maui.hi.us/departments/CivilDefense) and the PDC Website (www.pdc.org—click the “Resources” tab), where you will find printable checklists for making a disaster preparedness plan and disaster supply kit for your family. Create that plan and assemble that kit now, before you need it. That’s where the fruitcake comes in. Apparently, that stuff keeps forever.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but there will be room for only about 100 participants. Call Jen Stolpe at 891-0525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations.
The workshop will be held in the training rooms at PDC, 1305 North Holopono St., Suite 2, in the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei.
If you can’t make it to the workshop, read all about it in the next issue of the Maui Weekly.