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Hurricane Iselle pet friendly shelters open tonight 10pm on Oahu

Hurricane Iselle and Julio approaching Hawaii
Hurricane Iselle and Julio approaching Hawaii

The Honolulu Department of Emergency Management issued an advisory on Oahu regarding the evacuation during hurricane Iselle. There are 10 evacuation shelters open at this point; they are mainly for populations at risk. Although Iselle is forecast as a tropical storm as it approaches and it looks like it's going to pass to the south of Oahu and they feel that the need to open all possible shelters was not necessary due to the downgrade from hurricane to tropical storm.

They added that although shelter may not be designated as pet friendly, if you evacuate your home because it is not safe for you, then it is not safe for your pets. They advise you to take your pets with you. If you have a pet crate that would be ideal. If you go to a shelter that does not take animals, they will ask you to leave your pet in a shaded and protected area at the designated shelter.

All shelters that are open this evening will be operated by volunteers from the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross does not allow pets in shelters because of health and safety concerns. Service animals will be allowed into the shelters. Pet friendly shelters are located in facilities located within Red Cross shelter and are operated by volunteers from the Hawaii Humane Society. At a pet friendly shelter you would be expected to assist with the care of your pet.

As of Thursday, August 7 at 10 PM the following shelters are open.

Campbell High School, 91 -- 980 North Road, Ewa Beach

Kaimuki High School, 2705 Kaimuki Avenue, Honolulu , PET FRIENDLY

Kaiser High School, 511 Lunalilo Home Road, Honolulu

McKinley High School, 1039 S. King St., Honolulu

Castle High School, 45 – 386 Kaneohe Bay Dr., Kaneohe

Mililani High School, 95 – 1200 Mehula Parkway. Mililani

Pearl City High School, 2100 Hookiekie Street, Pearl City, PET FRIENDLY

Waialua High School/intermediate 67 -- 160 Farrington Hwy., Waianae, PET FRIENDLY

Nanakuli High School/middle, 89 – 980 Nanakuli Avenue,Waianae, PET FRIENDLY

BYU_Hawaii, 55 – 220 Kulanui Street,Kahuku, PET FRIENDLY

The above shelters were designated as official shelter locations by the City and County of Honolulu and should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where to go. They recommend that residents in coastal evacuation zones located in a yellow tab section of your telephone directory or homes built before 1995 or homes on exposed ridge lines or anyone living in an area prone to a history of flooding to go to an evacuation shelter. Remember you must bring supplies with you for you and your dog/cat for at least three days. If you decide to shelter in place plan to stay in an interior room on the lower floor without windows until the storm is over.

At 10 PM tomorrow night, Friday there will be shuttles operating at 10 PM to serve the designated shelter locations for you and your pet. If you need transportation TheBus will provide free transportation. The buses will display a sign that says EVACUATION and they will pick up passengers anywhere along their routes and not necessarily at a designated bus stop. Riders are allowed to bring one bag and pets as long as they are on a leash or in a pet crate or carrier. Before leaving your home shut your windows, unplug all electrical items and shut off utilities if told to do so. Residents who bring their pets to designated pet friendly shelters will need to provide food and water for their pet and a pet carrier or cage that is large enough for the pet to turn around in as well as cleaning supplies because they will be expected to assist with your pets care. The American Red Cross does not allow weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol and smoking in the shelters. For further information go to the Honolulu Department of Emergency Management website.

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