Disaster Preparedness: Are you ready?

Whether you're a full-time or part-time Princeville resident, own a vacation rental, manage a property, and/or on a Condo board, are you prepared for a disaster? 

Are you ready to shelter at home; would your vacation rental guests know what to do in the event of a disaster; are your condo residents prepared?

We must be prepared and self-sufficient in the event of a hurricane, flooding, or any other disaster. Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. When a disaster occurs, Kauai's government, professionally trained emergency personnel, and disaster-relief organizations will help, but may not be able to reach us immediately or need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

How do you prepare?  Read the resources with links below and take action to prepare your family and home.

Also, join the Princeville Emergency, Resiliency & Safety Team (PERST) whose mission focuses on preparing our community for disasters, and assisting in responding to, and recovering from, a disaster.

PERST Scope:
Disaster Preparedness
Amateur (Ham) Radio
Neighborhood Safety & Security

A subset of PERST is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The primary function of CERT is to provide emergency response in our community until professional emergency First Responders arrive on the scene, and then assist as needed. CERT is not intended to be a permanent substitute for fire, police, or ambulance services. CERT members are trained in the basics of:
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Fire safety
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Light search and rescue
  • Terrorism response
For more information about PERST / CERT, email Maylette@princevillecommunity.com.


Sign Up for County of Kauai's Emergency Notifications

You can receive voice, text, and/or email notifications about emergency situations and other public alerts within the County of Kauai. Examples of civil defense emergencies include tsunamis, hurricanes, flash floods, and any other situation that could impact the safety, property, or welfare of Kauaʻi residents.

For more information and to register,  click here.

Emergency Planning Guides / Resources

Ready.gov is a national public service campaign to educate and empower all of us to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

American Red Cross Family Disaster Plan
American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness
American Red Cross Preparing for Disaster During COVID-19
American Red Cross Emergency supplies kit 

Hawaii State Dept. of Health, Public Health Preparedness: Guide to Hurricane Strengthening for Single-Family Homes

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Food & Water in an Emergency

University of Hawaii Sea Grant Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards

Asbestos concerns after a disaster: https://www.asbestos.com/asbestos/natural-disasters/  & for those with health issues: https://www.asbestos.com/support/natural-disaster-emergency-plan/

National Hurricane Survival Initiative Hurricane safety checklist

Fire Safety resources:
Creating a defensible space.
Plan an escape.