The Hawaiian Electric Companies activate emergency response plans as Hurricane Olivia moves toward islands


HONOLULU, Sept. 10, 2018 – As Hurricane Olivia heads closer to the islands, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are activating their emergency response plans, going through pre-storm checklists, and readying crews to respond.

The companies are closely monitoring Hurricane Olivia, which is expected to weaken to a tropical storm but still has the potential to cause major damage. Forecasts show that the islands will experience wind and heavy rain as early as tomorrow.

“The Hawaiian Electric Companies have focused on hardening our island grids over the past several years, but they are not immune to storms like Olivia,” said Ron Cox, senior vice president of operations. “There will be outages if the islands are hit by powerful winds, torrential rain, and flooding. Once the storm has passed and it is safe for our crews to begin restoration, we will work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.”

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaiʻi Electric Light emergency responders are going through pre-storm checklists to ensure critical preparations are being made. Here is what the companies are doing ahead of Hurricane Olivia:

Prior to storm season, we conduct extensive training to prepare employees to respond safely and as quickly as possible if a storm threatens our service territory. The companies have invested more than $1.5 billion over the past seven years to upgrade and reinforce poles, lines, and equipment, which will help the utilities recover quicker after a storm.

As the storm approaches, customers should review family and business emergency plans, ensure they have supplies they need on hand and keep a close watch on the development of the storm system.

Consider the following safety and preparedness tips:

More electrical safety and preparation tips are available in the companies’ Handbook for Emergency Preparedness, available in five languages, at…;…