When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes
If You Stay at Home - Shelter In Place
  • Stay alert to advisories. Purchase a NOAA weather radio.
  • Keep a Disaster Supply Kit ready.
  • Have enough food and water for at least 7 days (Hawaii is a remote location personnel should be prepared to survive a minimum of 7 days before outside help arrives.
  • Make your home more disaster resistant: Prepare to board up windows and glass doors, anchor loose yard objects or bring them inside.
  • Have at least $250 in cash in your disaster kit. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be temporarily closed.
  • Fill your car with gasoline.
  • Have a pet plan. CLICK HERE to find the Pet Friendly Shelters in your area. See above for Pet Shelter Requirements.
  • Before a storm threatens, contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.
  • Do not use candles or open flames as a light source.
  • Work with your neighbors. Check on elderly or those with special needs.
  • As the storm hits, gather your family in a safe room.
Preparing to Evacuate
You may be directed to evacuate your place of residence in response to a potential emergency contingency. The opening and location of emergency shelters will be announced over military mobile public address systems and/or radio and television broadcast stations.
  • Know where you are going CLICK HERE for a list of Shelters on Oahu.
  • Ensure you know two routes to each of the shelters.
  • Keep car fueled to at least ¾ full.
  • Listen to radio or television broadcasts for local emergency announcements.
  • JBPHH residents review the Straight Talk Line and JBPHH Facebook for up to date EPI
  • Listen to mobile public address system emergency announcements.
  • Follow evacuation instructions and advice of local officials including travel routes that are specified.
  • Bring your disaster supply kit, including important documents.
  • Secure your home before leaving: Board up windows and glass doors, anchor loose yard objects or bring them inside and lock your doors

Evacuating to a Shelter
In case of an emergency, you may be directed to go to an emergency shelter. Emergency shelters may be located on military installations or in the civilian community. If you live off base (outside the main fence line) DO NOT BYPASS a designated State of Hawaii shelter in an effort to reach JBPHH.
  • When JBPHH opens Safe Havens, personnel seeking safe haven assignment or those that have been ordered to evacuate designated areas must report to the Makai Recreation Center for assignment and transportation to a designated location. Please do not report directly to shelters.
  • The emergency Safe Haven is primarily to provide a refuge safer than your place of residence. It will not have food or blankets available. Alcoholic beverages and narcotics will not be allowed in emergency shelters.
  • Assemble family. Leave a note for those absent. Give time, destination, and telephone number.
  • JBPHH has designated Pet Friendly Safe Havens ensure:
  • Your pet is in a hard sided or cage kennel with room to stand and turnaround
  • Your name and contact information is fixed to the side of the kennel
  • You pet has a collar and leash
  • Bring food for 7 days
  • Secure residence. Wedge sliding doors, lock windows and doors.
  • Shut OFF electricity, gas and water.
  • Take emergency supply kit.
During the Event

Don't ... use the telephone. Leave lines open for emergency calls only. Overloading circuits slows down the entire phone system.

Don't ... touch downed power lines... or objects in contact with them. Severe shock or worse can result. Always assume that power lines are live.

Don't... use elevators. Power outages shut down elevator systems, often trapping occupants. Use stairways instead.

Don't... go sightseeing. Cooperate with local officials. For your own safety, never enter high risk areas.

Don't... spread rumors. Get the facts from official sources. Consult the Joint Base Are You Ready Guide or the GTE Hawaiian Tel white pages for Warnings and Procedures.

Returning Home
  • When you return home from the shelter, remember that the disaster may have created unsafe conditions. Before you move back in, check for:
  • Structural damage
  • Electrical short circuits
  • Gas Leaks
  • Broken water lines
  • Contaminated food/water