Protect Your Family

DOH is committed to promoting the health and safety of the people of Hawaii. This includes helping Hawaii residents prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies and disasters. With a few steps taken ahead of time, you can help ensure that you and your family can get through tough times.

Click on the following links to learn how to protect your family before disaster strikes, as well as what to do during and after:

Get a Kit

During and after a major disaster, you may be on your own for a while. This is why it’s important to take time before disaster strikes by setting aside the items you will need for an emergency kit that will help you get by for as long as two weeks or more. Preparing a kit in advance helps you avoid product shortages when some members of our community may be hoarding supplies. Learn what supplies you should prepare in our “Take 10″ brochure.

Make a Plan

Planning is one of the most effective tools we have for dealing with disaster, or at least for preventing a bad situation from getting much worse. Planning can include a number of things, from taking care of one’s health (like regular exercise and preventive care) to mapping out what you and your family will do to find each other if disaster strikes. Learn what you can do to plan for disaster with our “Plan To Be Ready” guide.

Stay Informed

When disaster is looming or has already started, it is crucial that you tune in to accurate local information to find out what you need to do. Find state and local resources about staying informed in an emergency.

Make it a Family Affair

Preparing items for an emergency kit and making plans about what to do in case of an emergency can be more effective – and more fun – if the whole family is involved. To get your keiki excited, here are some preparedness-themed “playlets” for kids made for the Department of Health by Honolulu Theatre for Youth:


Bow to the Dao of NOW

We’re Not Scared, We’re Prepared

“Anime Momotaro” sings PREPARE NOW

“Prepare Now, Alice” Music Video

Preparedness Materials in Other Languages


  • Ways you can reduce your and your family’s risk of COVID-19? Click HERE

  • COVID-19 information and how it affects Hawaii. Visit the Hawaii Department of Health and COVID-19 websites HERE and HERE.

  • Hawaii Department of Health’s FAQs (frequently asked questions). Click HERE  

  • Volunteer with the Hawaii Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and help your community during outbreaks and other public health emergencies and disasters. Click HERE

Last reviewed October 2021