Storm Center

Safety Preparedness Checklist

At Maui Electric, we work hard to provide you with reliable electric service; but due to uncontrolled forces of nature such as a tropical storm or hurricane, power outages can still occur. The key to successfully weathering these situations is to be prepared. Here is what you should do

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Download our Handbook for Emergency Preparedness. Also available in several languages.


  • Know the (Civil Defense) warning signals and where shelters are located
  • Place important documents such as insurance papers in waterproof bags or containers
  • Fill up the gas tank of your car
  • Keep cash or travelers checks on hand

Outside the home

  • Tie down or store all loose objects
  • Bring potted plants into the house
  • Fill up the gas tank of your car
  • Remove and store lanai furniture
  • Throw deck furniture into the pool
  • Cover all windows and door openings with boards, shutters or other shielding materials
  • For cooking, purchase butane, propane or a canned heat stove and enough fuel for 3-5 days, or a charcoal grill and charcoal. Do not use these units indoors
  • Properly secure propane tanks in a cool, dry and well-ventilated storage area
  • If you have photovoltaic panels installed on your roof, consult your licensed solar contractor regarding normal and emergency operation procedures for your system

Inside the home

  • Check emergency equipment — such as flashlights, emergency generators, battery-operated, hand-crank, or solar-powered radios, light sticks and lanterns
  • Unplug electric appliances you may not need or use
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods, medications, personal hygiene, sanitary and baby supplies to last about 14 days
  • Purchase bottled water or store enough for one gallon per person per day, for about 14 days
  • Keep a first aid kit and special medications
  • Pack a manual can opener and bottle opener
  • Turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting; in the event of a power outage, food will keep fresh longer
  • Stock an ice chest with ice or frozen ice packs
  • Wedge a dowel or a piece of broom handle into the track of sliding glass doors to secure them
  • Store matches or a lighter in a waterproof container. Keep a whistle to signal for help
  • If you own a pet, have extra pet food and water

Special considerations

Medical patients

  • Home health care patients should discuss emergency plans with your physician or agency representative beforehand and make appropriate arrangements
  • If necessary, make prior arrangements with a hospital to stay there if you must evacuate
  • If you must go to a hospital or emergency facility, be sure to take your medicines and medical equipment/supplies with you

Condominium managers

Place fire exit signs and escape route maps in the hallways of each floor