Warning homeless of the coming storm underway

Published On: Aug 04 2014 08:39:51 PM HST

The fierce elements brought on by hurricanes and tropical storms are a big threat to people who live in the elements. The efforts to warn and find homeless shelter is already underway.

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Tabatha Martin, her husband and child have a plan in place. She'll be taking cover and moving all of their personal belongings from the homeless encampment in Kakaako on Friday.

"My husband's brother said he could take us over the weekend so we will be able to go to his house in Kapolei. Better safe then sorry, better safe then get sick," said Martin.

She said friends have warned them of the storm. They've tried to pass on the message, but it doesn't always get through.

"We tell them, but it's hard to believe because the past couple of weekends they said we are going to have storms, but it's been hot," said Martin.

Other homeless at Ala Moana Beach Park said they don't know anything about the approaching storms, and don't have a plan to take shelter.

"I wouldn't  know what a hurricane is. I hear about the hurricane and the category of one, but I wouldn't know what to do if one was coming," said Lei Watson.

The Institute for Human Services said it's reaching out those in need and alerting them of the storm on foot and by making calls. Officials with the Department of Emergency Management said they might use city buses as evacuation shuttles to get homeless families to shelters depending on the strength of the storm.

"Our homeless folks are our friends and family too. We work with the Department of Community Services to inform them, keep them up to date with the storm track, so they can alert service providers to alert our homeless folks," said John Cummings with the Department of Emergency Management.


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