Aug 21, 2018
How You Can Be Prepared For Hurricane Lane

Alternate Energy Inc. wants you to feel prepared and safe during this hurricane season. We have been busy answering calls regarding any safety precautions that should be taken before Hurricane Lane is scheduled to hit. We hope that this blog post will answer any of those questions and help put your mind at ease!

What should I do with my photo voltaic panels? Should I turn the system off?

While solar panels are at risk of becoming damaged or dislodged during high winds and rain, manufacturers typically test them to withstand inclement weather. They are certified to survive winds up to a category 4 hurricane (140 mph). There is no need to shut off the system as the system will safely shut itself off should there be a power outage. The casings that hold the solar cells are extremely waterproof, even during extreme rain.

Still feeling uneasy? Click here to read about past weather events that have proved solar’s durability in hurricanes.

Below are some more tips to consider to make sure your family and home are safe.

Inside your home

  • Sign up for Hawaii Police Dept. alerts via text at
  • Unplug any electric appliances that do not need to be used.
  • Make sure your emergency equipment is all working properly--such as flashlights, emergency generators, battery-operated radios and that you have extra batteries.
  • Purchase non-perishable foods, water, medications, personal hygiene products and baby supplies to last your family up to 14 days.
  • Keep first aid kits and medications readily available.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer temperature up! If there is a power outage the food will be kept fresher for longer.
  • Consider purchasing an ice chest with lots of frozen packs and ice.
  • Store any matches in a waterproof container.
  • Keep whistles nearby as a signal for help.
  • Make sure your pet has extra food and water.

Outside your home

  • Store and tie down any loose objects.
  • If you have potted plants, bring them inside.
  • Store lanai furniture in a safe and dry place or throw any deck furniture into the pool.
  • Cover all windows and door openings with boards or shutters.
  • To secure sliding glass doors, wedge a dowel or broom handle in the doors track.

You can also refer to HECO’s page or give us a call should you have any more questions or concerns (808) 842-5853.

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