Safety & Emergency Info

The safety of our guests while exploring Kauai is very important to us. Please take all the necessary safety precautions when swimming, hiking, beach-combing, snorkeling, etc.  Avoid dangerous situations during your stay by using common sense and obeying signs that are posted for your safety. Educate yourself on potential hazards you may encounter on your adventure activities. Know your limits – if in doubt don’t go out!

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Emergency Numbers

IN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911

KAUAI NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Civil Defense   (808) 241-1800
American Medical Response Police and Fire   (808) 245-4675
Police and Fire   (808) 241-1711

KAUAI EMERGENCY RADIO STATIONS

NOAA Weather Radio Station KBA99 serves Kauai on 162.550
KFMN – FM 96.9 – Lihue
KAWV – FM 98.1 – Lihue
KITH – FM 98.9 – Kapa’a
KTOH – FM 99.9 – Kalaheo
KSHK – FM 103.3 – Kekaha

OCEAN SAFETY TIPS

  • Varied shoreline topography, open-ocean swells and constantly changing conditions make our beaches beautiful, great for surfing and often DANGEROUS. Here are some safety tips to help you have a safe Hawaii vacation:
  • Swim at lifeguarded beaches – ask lifeguards for safety and swimming tips. Lifeguards post warning signs – don’t ignore them. Read them and heed them!
  • Conditions constantly change – closely monitor daily and seasonal changes.
  • Waves come in sets – it can look calm for 20 minutes between dangerous sets of huge waves.
  • Hazards can exist in ANY coastal area – not just in the water. Be careful on wet sand and rocks.
  • Do not get caught in a rip current – if caught in a current keep calm, float, breathe, don’t panic and wave for help. Go WITH the current and conserve energy.
  • Use the buddy system – never swim alone and know your limits.

WHEN IN DOUBT – DON’T GO OUT!

HIGH SURF WARNING

In Hawaii more injuries are caused by high surf than by any other coastal hazard. High surf (10-20 feet) arrives along north facing shores each winter. Large waves (4-6 feet) strike south shores during summer months. Large surf often generates powerful rip currents that no one can swim against.

  • Swim only at beaches with lifeguards. Check with them about ocean conditions prior to going in the water.
  • Watch the surf for at least 15 minutes to allow time to see a large set of waves and judge how big the surf is.

Rescue Tube Foundation

RESCUE TUBES SAVE LIVES!

Kauai has over 60 beaches spread across 90 miles of shoreline. Most of these beaches are remote and uncrowded and are not protected by lifeguards. It is the immediate intention of the Foundation to install a sufficient number of Rescue Tubes on the beaches of Kauai within reasonable distances of each other in order that the devices will be readily recognized and easily available to the swimming public.

Rescue Tubes stand guard 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

The Rescue Tube Foundation is dedicated to lowering the incidence of drowning by providing lifesaving Rescue Tubes at as many beaches as possible on Kauai, around the State of Hawaii and beyond. You can help save a life by contributing toward this life saving goal today. Donations are tax-deductible. You can help make Hawaii safer for your family, friends and visitors by supporting the RESCUE TUBE FOUNDATION.

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Thanks to the vision of Branch Lotspeich, executive director of the Rescue Tube Foundation, and the Kauai Lifeguard Association, there are now over 200 rescue tubes throughout Kauai and over 65 lives have been saved from drowning! Through support from Rotary Clubs and private donations and from awesome people like you, access to these rescue tubes has literally helped swimmers in peril to stay afloat for hours while waiting to be rescued by lifeguards.

KALAPAKI BAY RESCUE TUBE DONATED BY GREAT VACATION RETREATS

Rescue Tubes are there for all of us. Let’s enjoy our beautiful beaches and stay safe Hawaii!

Branch Lotspeich is directly involved in the assembly and creation of the rescue tube stations at the foundation’s shop in Kilauea. To find out more and to learn how you can make a difference by contributing to the cause, or donating your own Rescue Tube and witnessing its’ assembly and installation, please contact the RESCUE TUBE FOUNDATION.

Take a moment to become familiar with how to use a Rescue Tube.

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RAINFALL FLOODING

Flash floods are the leading cause of direct weather-related deaths in the Hawaii. Flash floods can occur within a few hours or even minutes of excessive rainfall. Do not under-estimate the force of water. Six inches of fast moving water can knock you off your feet and two feet of water will float your car!
• Listen to your radio for the latest flash flood Watches, Warnings and Advisories.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams during threatening conditions.
• If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
• Never try to walk, swim or drive through flood waters.
• If you come upon flood waters, STOP! You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.

TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN!

HURRICANES AND WINDSTORMS

Northeast trade winds prevail throughout most of the year, generally blowing at 10-20 mph, however, strong gusty trades may reach 40-60 mph.
Storms approaching from the South and South East, called Kona storms, can produce hurricane strength winds.

Hurricanes are tropical cyclones with torrential rains and sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, which blow in a counter-clockwise direction around a center (eye).

Category One                 74 – 95 mph
Category Two                 96 – 110 mph
Category Three              111 – 130 mph
Category Four                131 – 155 mph
Category Five                 155 – and up

HURRICANE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
  • Plan ahead: Know the locations of the nearest designated hurricane shelters, usually public schools with reinforced buildings.
  • When a hurricane warning is issued, Civil Defense will announce which shelters are open.
  • Prepare a family plan noting shelter locations and telephone numbers of friends and family on other islands, or the mainland, to use as a central contact point should you become separated or a local phone service is saturated.
  • When a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued: Follow instructions issued by Civil Defense and monitor radio or local television for advisories, watches, warnings and update information.
  • If time permits, complete preparation activities.
  • Board up windows and store loose objects.
  • Turn off GAS.
  • Evacuate to the nearest shelter if you are in low-lying coastal area, along ridge-lines exposed to strong winds, in an area subject to stream flooding, or in a wooded or lightly constructed building.
  • If ordered to evacuate, leave immediately!
Hurricane Season in Hawaii is June 1st – November 30th. A Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning means hurricane or tropical storm conditions are expected to occur within 36 hours. Be prepared!
TSUNAMIS
The Pacific Tsunami Warning System (PTWC) monitors earthquakes and measures tsunami waves at sea. When a tsunami warning is issued, coastal sirens will sound.
(Sirens are tested on the 1st workday of every month at 11:45 am)
TSUNAMI SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
  • When you hear the sirens: Turn on your radio or local television station for more information. (SEE LOCAL EMERGENCY NUMBERS AND RADIO STATIONS)
  • If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone, evacuate immediately and move to higher ground.
  • When a tsunami is generated locally: There may not be time for the sirens to sound before waves begin coming ashore. Your only warning may be to feel the ground shake from an earthquake or seeing the sea suddenly withdraw or begin to surge inland.
  • If you feel a strong earthquake, move to higher ground immediately. Do not return to coastal areas until you hear from County authorities.
  • Dangerous tsunami waves may continue to come ashore for several hours.
  • No matter where a tsunami originates, the waves will wrap around an island. All sides of our islands are at risk.
If you are in a low-lying coastal area, you are at risk from tsunamis.

disaster supply

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLY KIT

  • Water- 1 gal./person/day for at least 7 days
  • Food – 7 day supply of non-perishable, high energy food items
  • First Aid – bandages, antiseptics, non-prescription drugs
  • Clothing, bedding and sanitation – change of clothes, soap, toilet paper, etc.
  • Medication – prescription drugs, insulin, blood pressure medication, etc.
  • Tools – flashlight, radio, batteries, can-opener, needle & thread, whistle, penknife
  • Family Documents – photo IDs, insurance policies, wills, etc. *All in plastic bag*
  • Special needs – baby supplies, hearing aids, eyeglasses, dentures, etc.
  • $$$ Cash – ATM machines may not be working