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Hurricane Lane 2018 (Image: NOAA

June 1 kicks off hurricane season. The National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office recently released its annual forecast for the season. They anticipate two to five tropical cyclones for the Central Pacific region.

While the forecast is lower than last year, it is important to prepare now.

“As we have experienced in previous hurricane seasons, it only takes one direct hit, or even a close call, to have a major impact on daily life here in the Hawaiian Islands,” said Chris Brenchley, director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center. “Take time to prepare now. Make a preparedness plan so that you and your family stay healthy and safe.”

Hurricane season in Hawaiʻi occurs roughly between June 1 and November 30.

The Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency has a page with tips and resources.

University of Hawaiʻi community members can take part in virtual Hurricane Preparedness Workshops throughout the summer. Visit the site to register.

UH 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 contact information is up-to-date.

There is also the Pacific Disaster Center’s Disaster Alert desktop version and app (Apple iOS version | Android version) with updated information.

Hawaiʻi Sea Grant created a great one-stop resource for disasters in the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.

Notifications affecting UH campuses will be posted on the emergency information webpage, as well as on social media:

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