Some Big Island evacuation centers are closing

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At the request of the Hawaii County Civil Defense, Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are closing eight evacuation centers on the Big Island.

They are:

  • Laupahoehoe School
  • Kohala High & Elementary
  • Konawaena High
  • Hilo High
  • Waiakea High
  • Pahoa High & Intermediate
  • Honokaa High & Intermediate
  • Waikoloa Elementary

The following evacuation centers will remain open until further notice to support individuals impacted by the storm:

  • Kealakehe High (pet-friendly)
  • Keaau High (pet-friendly)
  • Kau High (pet-friendly)

The following shelters are still open, pending any announcement of further closings:

Maui County

  • Baldwin High
  • Lokelani Intermediate
  • King Kekaulike High
  • Hana High & Elementary
  • Molokai High
  • Kilohana Elementary
  • Lanai High & Elementary

Oahu

  • Campbell High School: 91-980 North Road, Ewa Beach
  • Kaimuki High School: 2705 Kaimuki Ave. (pet-friendly)
  • Kaiser High School: 511 Lunalilo Home Road
  • McKinley High School: 1039 South King St.
  • Castle High School: 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr.
  • Mililani High School: 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy.
  • Pearl City High School: 2100 Hookiekie St.(pet-friendly)
  • Waialua High School/Intermediate: 67-160 Farrington Hwy.(pet-friendly)
  • Nanakuli High School/Middle: 89-980 Nanakuli Ave.(pet-friendly)
  • BYU-HAWAII: 55-220 Kulanui St. Laie (pet-friendly)

Kauai County:

  • Hanalei Elementary School – in case of flash flooding only
  • Kilauea Neighborhood Center
  • Kapaa High School (pet-friendly)
  • Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
  • Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center
  • Kauai Humane Society – pets only
  • Kalāheo Elementary School (pet-friendly)
  • Waimea High School (pet-friendly)

A hurricane evacuation shelter should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go.

Who should evacuate? Residents in the coastal evacuation zones as shown in the yellow tabbed disaster preparedness section of your telephone directory, residents living in older homes built before 1995, on exposed ridgelines and anyone living in an area prone to or with a history of flooding.

Remember, if you choose to evacuate to a shelter, you must bring all of your disaster supplies with you.

If you live in a home built after 1995 to current hurricane standards and you are not located in a coastal evacuation or flood zone, you should consider sheltering in place in an interior room on a lower floor without windows.

Before leaving for a hurricane shelter, residents should close windows and doors and shut off/unplug all electrical items and shut off utilities if told to do so.

Residents bringing pets to designated pet friendly shelters will need to provide extra food and water for their pet, a pet carrier/cage for each pet that is large enough for them to turn around in as well as cleaning supplies. You will be expected to assist with your pets care.

Keep in mind that the American Red Cross does not allow weapons, illicit drugs, alcohol and smoking in shelters.

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