As you may be aware, Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are rapidly approaching the Hawaiian Islands. According to the National Weather Service, hurricane conditions are expected to develop on the Big Island by this afternoon. As the path continues moving up the Hawaiian island chain, the storm is expected to lose some strength with tropical storm conditions spreading to Maui tonight and Oahu and Kauai on Friday. You can read the current statement from the National Weather Service at http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/pages/HLS.php.
Inflight management has repeatedly assured us that there is no danger to our crew members flying to the Hawaiian islands or laying over there at this time. Regardless of these assurances, your MEC and LEC Officers are continuing to closely monitor the situation. Purely as a precaution, we are offering a list of tips to help crew members in the affected area be prepared should conditions deteriorate. You can view these tips at http://afaalaska.org/hotel/safety/hurricane.
As always, your LEC Officers and EAP representatives are standing by and available to assist you. You can find LEC Officer contact information at afaalaska.org under “Local Councils”. EAP contact information is at afaalaska.org/eap.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Gesch, Becky Strachan, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Sandra Morrow and Stephen Couckuyt