Preparing for disasters

We write about the need to be prepared for a natural disaster on a fairly regular basis.

Usually those pieces appear near the beginning of the hurricane season in the Pacific (roughly June through November) and perhaps we are a bit remiss in not reminding our readers more often that living on an island means always being prepared.

As Tuesday’s tsunami advisory showed, natural disasters are not confined to seasons. In fact, this is the third year in the last four we have faced a tsunami alert or advisory in late winter or early spring.

At the very least, families should make sure they have an evacuation plan, battery-operated radio, flashlights, canned food and plenty of water and paper goods on hand.

As we mention frequently, it is well worth your while to visit the store on to see the different supplies you may need. At the top right of the website, click on Shop. When that page comes up, click on Emergency Preparedness on the left hand side of the screen.

There you can click on Starter Kits, 1 Person-3 Day Emergency Preparedness Kits, Radios and Communications, and Water Storage.

You can build very decent emergency preparedness kits for your family from the Red Cross online store. Also, don’t forget to click on First Aid and check out the supplies that are good to have on hand.

While you are visiting the site, be sure to make a donation to the Red Cross on its home page. As the victims of Washington state learned after last week’s mudslide, when disaster strikes, the Red Cross is there to help.

(Disclaimer: Maui News Publisher Joe Bradley is on the state board of directors of the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, and is chairman of the Maui County Advisory Board of the American Red Cross.)

* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.