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County to open shelters as tropical storm approaches

By Staff | Aug 10, 2009

WAILUKU — The county Department of Parks and Recreation announced that several rural, east-facing parks are closed, including Honomanu, Keanae and Kipahulu Point Light Station.

Other county parks may be closed as needed, pending weather conditions.

All county campgrounds will be closed effective noon Monday: Kanaha and Papalaua on Maui, and One Alii and Papohaku on Molokai.

All county-sponsored recreation programs will be canceled for Monday afternoon and evening.

County personnel are continuing preparations for the storm and conducting daily briefings with dozens of representatives from state,

federal and private agencies, as well as with Goodfellow Brothers, which

has coordinated with the county to pre-position equipment around the

island should their assistance be needed.

“I appreciate the efforts of the many organizations that have collaborated with us to make storm preparations,” said Mayor Charmaine


“My administration has been taking the threat of this storm seriously — we have three islands to look out for and many areas that are very remote. We’re prepared for the worst, but if the storm passes with minimal impact to our county, we can breathe a sigh of relief and

congratulate ourselves for having done a good job of getting prepared. Maui County has had its share of severe weather, so we’ve learned from

experience that it’s always best to be ready.”

Pending final approval from the state, the following is a list of shelter locations identified for use as emergency evacuation shelters beginning

4 p.m. Monday on Maui: Baldwin High School Gym (designated for pets and special needs individuals), War Memorial Gym, Lahaina Civic Center, Eddie Tam Gym, Haiku Community Center, Kihei Community Center (designated for pets and special needs individuals) and Hana School Gym

The public is urged to adhere to all posted rules and guidelines at shelters. Bring an emergency kit with you to the shelter, including food,

any non-perishable special dietary needs, prescription medications,

water, pillows and bedding, flashlights, extra clothing and eyeglasses,

personal hygiene items, activities for children and other items you

may need. When you arrive, check in with shelter management staff.

Special health needs individuals should be accompanied by a caregiver. Shelter personnel will not be able to adequately attend to these patients.

No pet shelters are available on Lanai, Molokai, West Maui or Upcountry Maui. Pet owners should try to accommodate pets with friends or at boarding locations if their own home is unsafe for their pet. Pets will be allowed at designated shelters in pet carriers only.

Pets may remain in a vehicle at non-pet shelters; vehicle windows should be left slightly open for ventilation.

If a pet is displaced, call the Maui Humane Society at 877-3680 for

assistance after storm conditions subside.

The public is advised that the Maui County Civil Defense Agency does not provide sandbags.

For more information, visit www.mauicounty.gov or www.hawaiiredcross.org, or call the Maui County Civil Defense and Traffic Advisory Line at 986-1200