Federal, state and local emergency management defense partners across Hawaii are reviewing their internal plans and preparing for Guillermo.
“We will continue talking to each other and keeping each other informed of what steps we are taking,” said Doug Mayne, administrator for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. “The counties are informing the public of what is going on and what they can expect to see.”
Mayne said they started meeting the previous Friday, even before the hurricane crossed into the Central Pacific.
His advice to residents is to have a plan, make a portable emergency kit, and make sure everyone in your home knows what to do.
The emergency kit should have enough food for about seven days, a hand crank radio just in case the power goes out, a flashlight, toilet paper, some water and hygiene supplies.
Maui County is activating their emergency operation center on Monday, reviewing their internal plans and prepping equipment.
“Last year with Iselle, it ended up hammering the Big Island much more than Maui County, but we have sustained quite a lot of winds as well,” said Anna Foust, emergency management office for Maui Civil Defense. “I don’t know if the public realized the extent of the damage we saw as a county from those winds.”
Mayne had already planned to visit Hawaii Island Monday to meet with the mayor and senior staff about disasters, and will continue to monitor the storm.