My friend, Willy “Ulua Man” Elisaga, and I, had our own little tsunami scare during the GT Masters Cup 2010 Ulua Fishing tournament last February and with it canceling our chances of winning the tournament. LOL! That being said, I’m kind of a nut for safety, an off-shoot of my Boy Scout days, and have since (with great urgency from my wife) decided to make sure that if anything happened, I would always have a “tsunami” checklist of what to do and where to go. I’ve gone over the checklist over and over, so much so, that I have a mental checklist in my head. Thus, when the recent tsunami event transpired (mahalo to my boss, Crystal Kua, for texting me), I knew right away, that I had to immediately contact family members, get gas filled for at least one vehicle, get groceries (to last at least 1 week), ice, batteries, and replenish any emergency supplies I may have been short on (i.e., it’s always good to prepare every 3 months and by putting it in your personal calendar as a reminder).
Every once in a while I comb the internet for new information and try to glean the best information I can to stay prepared. I recently found a bunch of great resource sites, tailored somewhat to Hawai’i and the Pacific Region, but nonetheless useful for any emergency plan:
I used a lot of information from John Garcia’s (@JohnGarcia), “Hawai’i Tsunami Info,” site during the immediate tsunami advisory and received timely information to update the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (@DHHL) social networks. This helped many DHHL homesteaders and others in remote areas to receive information right away when mobile statewide communications were down during those crucial early morning hours. John was also able to put the #HITsunami hashtag twitter feed on the site. It worked awesome! This, while he was away attending a media event (South by Southwest #SXSW) in Austin, TX. You did good, John! Mahalo nui loa!
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (formerly the Hawaii State Civil Defense)
Hawaii Tsunami Map Viewer (Tsunami Evacuation Zone Map. Input address form and it gives you a map of your immediate address area)
NOAA Tsunami FAQ
Tsunami Travel Times
NOAA National Data Buoy Center (Tsunami Buoy Information)
Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, Hawai’i
Ham Radio Hawaii Disaster Page (When all else fails, ham radio is the last means of communication during a disaster. I have to join up with a local ham radio group soon!)
Lifehacker is one of my favorite places to get information on just about anything to do with life. So its comes as no surprise that they have come out with a great article, “How to Prepare for and Survive a Disaster” by Lifehacker editor-in-chief, Adam Pash, in the recent aftermath of Japan’s largest recorded earthquake in its history.
Nonstop Honolulu’s article by Melissa Chang (@Melissa808), “Amazing Ways We Exchange Crisis Information,” is a nice reflection of what we learned the last few days since the Hawai’i tsunami event. Mishaps and things that we found out along the way.
This short guide does not take anything away from the well-meaning checklists and tips by our federal, state, municipal emergency management and disaster assistance agencies. This also includes, our local media outlets that did an outstanding job of covering the tsunami warning. Can’t say enough for their very unselfish coverage. Furthermore, cooperation within the social media networks was astounding. Wow! is all I can say!
Hope this article can offer a little something to those thinking about other ways to prepare for a disaster. If I find more resources I will let you know as soon as I can. Please check out the links and see if you can use these resources in your own preparations to raise your chances of survival.
Malama Pono (Take Care)