Stormy Weather Smarts
January 04, 2019
Historically, January is the coolest month of the year in Kihei, and second-rainiest. You can be “storm smart” by being prepared for potential storm damage. Here are a few tips to help:
- Have an emergency preparedness plan for you and your family, including pets.
- If the forecast calls for heavy rains or stormy conditions, check that you have an adequate amount of fuel in your vehicle, food, water, medications, first-aid supplies, flashlights, radios, batteries and other essential items.
- Store and secure outdoor items such as furniture, bicycles, skateboards, toys and yard tools.
- Exercise great care when driving. Even better, stay indoors and off the roads. According to the Federal Highway Administration, an average of 573,784 crashes occur during rainy weather every year.
- Heavy rains can leave behind troughs and pits in your yard. Promptly fix and restore your yard such that it slopes slightly away from your building and toward the fence. This will help avoid further soil erosion and improve water drainage.
- Standing water after a storm can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and should be removed.
- Sign up to receive free Maka`ala Emergency Alerts from the Maui Emergency Management Agency. You can register online at the agency’s website.
- The County of Maui provides a wealth of information on how to prepare for a disaster, including hurricanes, tropical storms, floods and other emergencies. Learn more at MauiReady.org.