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Hawaii families can weather any storm with the help of Hawaii Gas

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The storm season has begun in the Pacific, and while you’re getting your home and family prepared, don’t forget to secure your gas lines! HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is joined by Tom Travis with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and Aaron Kirk from Hawaii Gas.

This hurricane season, the National Weather Service is forecasting five to eight tropical cyclones. “This will be an above average year, meaning that we are probably going to have more hurricanes than we usually would,” Travis says.

In preparation, it’s important to have a two-week supply of food and water for your family and pets. Documents should be put in a safe place where they can be retrieved later. Travis suggests taking pictures of these documents and putting them on a flash drive. He also suggests that every family have an emergency plan. “There’s all sorts of situations, and the family should talk through those situations and what they’re going to do,” he says.

Another thing that can help ahead of an emergency situation is getting to know your neighbors. “How the community responds, how we help each other, is the foundation of emergency response,” says Travis.

Oftentimes, families will have canned foods in their emergency kits, but with gas, you don’t have to worry. Gas lines are protected in times of severe weather because they’re underground. “We’ve been in business over 100 years, and we’ve never had a weather-related service disruption,” Kirk explains. “In disaster times such as a hurricane, or a tsunami, you can still have gas if the power goes out.”

Kirk says that if you have the proper equipment configuration, you can even still have hot water without power. “Those are critical elements in disaster times if we’re without power for five days, 14 days, or even longer.”

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