Hurricane forecast appears low; prepare now

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Hurricane Olivia. Image: N O A AHurricane Olivia (2018 Image: NOAANWS National Hurricane Center)

The National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office predicted a quieter 2020 hurricane season with two to six tropical cyclones in the Central Pacific region.

Forecasters predict this season will have a 75 percent chance of being a lower than normal season. The cyclones include tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes.

Hurricane season in Hawaiʻi occurs roughly between June 1 and November 30. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the possibility of storms affecting the islands.

If you would like to learn more about what you can do to prepare for a hurricane, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is offering virtual hurricane preparedness workshops via Zoom in June and July. Hosted by DPS Emergency Management Coordinator Jimmy Lagunero, the session covers:

  • Hawaiʻi Watch and Warning systems
  • Tips for preparing an emergency kit
  • What to do when a hurricane is coming
  • How to find a local hurricane shelter or shelter-in-place
  • COVID-19 considerations and how they may affect hurricane preparation
  • Resources and information about local and government agencies

This training is open to UH employees and students from all 10 campuses. Space is limited, so those who are interested should sign up soon. Find more information about training workshops offered by DPS on its website.

More resources

The Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency has pages with great tips and resources:

All members of the UH community are urged to sign up for UH Alert to receive emergency text alerts. If you have already signed up, log in to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date.

There is also the Pacific Disaster Center’s Disaster Alert desktop version and app (iOS version) with updated information. Notifications affecting UH campuses will be posted on the emergency information webpage, as well as on social media: