Hawaii’s recreational boaters this week were prompted by the threat of Hurricane Flossie to take appropriate action to protect their vessels even though the hurricane was eventually downgraded to a tropical depression before impacting much of the Hawaiian Islands.
And coincidentally the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources on Monday announced its release of an updated and revised edition of its 1998 Hawaii Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual, which had been out of circulation for several years.
The guidebook was developed by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant Program and the Hawaii State Civil Defense in cooperation with the DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation and provides boaters and other members of the maritime community with a checklist of actions they should take before, during and after a severe storm or tsunami, or seismic sea wave.
After giving useful information about the nature of tropical storms and hurricanes, the manual goes on to provide boaters with general precautionary measures they can use in preparation for such disasters. Among them are creating a written plan of action, arranging for the plan to be carried out if the boat owner is absent, ascertaining mooring and insurance responsibilities, and removing portable items of value.
The manual also details four time frames for appropriate action: before the hurricane season (June through November), before a hurricane (when a Hurricane Watch has been issued), during a hurricane and after a hurricane. Such advice is also included for harbor and marina operators, boat builders and dealers, and boat repair yards.
The Hawaii Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual is available at the DOBOR administrative office in Honolulu, 333 Queen Street, Suite 300 as well as at DOBOR district and harbor offices statewide and all private marinas.