Hawaiian Electric urges hurricane preparedness

Hawaiian Electric press release

The 2021 Central Pacific hurricane season begins June 1, and Hawaiian Electric is advising customers, residential and commercial, to prepare and have contingency plans in place.

Hawaiian Electric teams work year round to strengthen the company’s five island networks so that they are better able to withstand the effects of powerful storms. One of the main thrusts of Hawaiian Electric’s efforts to build resilience is to strengthen poles, lines and other equipment. The utility also spent $ 18 million in 2020 to clean trees and vegetation around power lines and equipment, resulting in fewer and shorter outages during storms.

Forecasters predict two to five tropical cyclones for the central Pacific in 2021, an estimate that includes named tropical lows, storms and hurricanes. This compares to a normal season with a range of four or five tropical cyclones, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane season runs until November 30.

Hawaii Electric’s work to build resilience includes equipment upgrades as well as longer-term planning efforts that will benefit customers in the future.

At Molokai, crews installed heavier, insulated conductors in areas with high tree densities to help prevent vegetation-related outages in areas prone to falling trees and branches during high winds and heavy winds. ” damage electrical equipment.

To prepare for the hurricane season, customers can refer to the Company’s Emergency Preparedness Manual, available at hawaiianelectric.com/prepare. Printed copies of the manual can be picked up from public libraries. You can also call Hawaiian Electric at (808) 871-2304 for copies.

Residents should develop their own emergency plans and consider the following tips:

• Gather emergency supplies, such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights, lanterns, and batteries. Be prepared to monitor communications on emergency broadcast radio stations.

• Keep enough water, non-perishable foods, medicines, and personal hygiene products to keep your family and pets last at least 14 days.

• Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical appliances and equipment during a thunderstorm or power outage. When the power returns and is stable, plug in the equipment one at a time.

• Turn off your electricity at the circuit breaker or main switch if you need to evacuate.

• Consider having a back-up generator if you are dependent on an electrically powered life support system. Or, plan to go to another location where electricity will be available. Be prepared to take your medical equipment and medications with you.

• If you see a downed power line, assume it is live and dangerous. Stay away from downed power lines – at least 30 feet or more (at least two car lengths).

For updates and alerts, follow Hawaiian Electric on Twitter or through our free mobile app (available on Apple App stores and Google Play).

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