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Tuesday
Aug232016

Flash Flood Watch Information Update for Wednesday August 24 at 10:30 AM

This is a Civil Defense message. This is a flash flood watch information update for Wednesday, August 24 at 10:30 AM.

A flash flood watch was again issued by the National Weather Service and will remain in effect for the entire state through late this afternoon. Deep tropical moisture conditions will continue to produce heavy downpours and a chance of thunderstorms over all islands. With streams remaining elevated, and the ground already saturated from recent heavy rains in many areas, there will be an elevated risk for flash flooding. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is very dangerous. Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown. 

Thursday
Aug182016

Living with Vog on an Active Volcano: New Resources

Release Date: AUGUST 18, 2016

New informational products about the health hazards of volcanic air pollution known as “vog,” are available through a new interagency partnership.

The products include a booklet of frequently asked questions, a brochure and poster about protecting yourself during vog episodes and a web-based “dashboard” that provides comprehensive links to a wide range of vog resources, including vog forecasts and air-quality information.

Communities downwind from Kīlauea Volcano’s active vents frequently experience vog as a visible haze or as a sulfurous smell or taste. People exposed to vog report a variety of symptoms, such as eye irritation, coughing, wheezing, sore throats and headaches. The new products were co-developed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists Tamar Elias and Jeff Sutton at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, John Peard and other officials at the Hawaii Department of Health, and Claire Horwell from Durham University in the United Kingdom, with participation by Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense and other agencies.

Peard, with Hawaii DOH said, “The diverse partnership has allowed us to develop new, consistent products that more fully address the needs of the community.”

“The products offer advice on vog protection measures, such as staying indoors, limiting physical activity, and staying hydrated when vog levels are high. Providing relevant, up-to-date information to a population living with decades of an ongoing volcanic eruption may help people to better cope with the frequent vog conditions,” said Horwell.

The new, mobile-friendly vog dashboard is hosted by the International Volcanic Health Hazard Network, a clearinghouse for information on the health impacts of volcanic eruptions. All of the new Hawaiʻi vog products are available online, and are accessible through the dashboard.

Vog, the pollution formed from acidic gases and particles released by active volcanoes, is composed primarily of sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas and its oxidation products, such as sulfate aerosol.  Sulfur dioxide from Kīlauea Volcano, now in its 34th year of nearly continuous eruption, leads to the vog that challenges communities, agriculture, and infrastructure on the Island of Hawai‘i and across the state. Scientists at USGS HVO regularly monitor the quantity and composition of gases released from Kīlauea. Among other things, HVO data are used as input for vog models that forecast the volcanic plume dispersion and vog locations.

Horwell’s previous study in 2015, investigated how Hawaiian communities perceive vog, how they protect themselves, and their preferences for receiving advice. The results from the study support the need for consistent online advice from all federal, state and local agencies; increased access to web- and non-web-based information on vog exposure and protection; and updated guidance on how to access resources about vog. HVO’s long involvement in vog studies, coupled with the community studies about perception and needs, led to the development of the new vog informational products.

For more information about Kīlauea Volcano’s ongoing eruptions, please visit HVO’s website, or network with others on the ‘Vog Talk’ Facebook group.

 

White gas plume rising straight up from Kilauea Volcano summit with distant, bright, full moon.
With stagnant winds present, the plume from Halema`uma`u Crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano, stands straight up, showing off the distant, but bright, full moon. credit: Michael Poland, U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
scientist with camera and spectrometer at the edge of smoking volcanic crater.
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geochemist measuring gases released from Kïlauea with a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, an instrument that detects gas compositions on the basis of absorbed infrared light. credit: Janet Babb, U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Contacts

Janet Babb

Geologist
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Phone: 808-967-8844
USGS, Public Affairs
Western States Communications
Phone: 650-329-4006

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Tuesday
Aug092016

County Internet Connection Restored 8-9-16

Internet connectivity has been restored to the County of Hawai’i, and all impacted services are once again available. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.

Monday
Aug082016

Pahala Siren Test Wed. August 10 between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), together with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, will conduct siren testing on Hawaii Island on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. Testing will be between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the following location:

  • Pahala

These new sirens are part of the Statewide Siren Modernization Project. Residents nearby may hear the siren sound six to eight times for 30-second to one-minute intervals during the identified timeframe. Testing will include short blasts known as “burps.” During these tests, emergency management officials and technicians will check that siren installations were properly completed.

Residents can direct questions about this siren testing to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency at (808) 935-0031.

Hawaii EMA encourages the public to make use of other supplemental methods of warning including, but not limited to, Hawaii County’s mass text notification system, Blackboard Connect, and NOAA Weather Radio.

 

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Media Contact:

Mary Zanakis                                                         Galen Yoshimoto

Public Information Officer                                      Public Relations Officer

808.620.5422                                                       808.620.5408

mzanakis@scd.hawaii.gov                                    HawaiiEMA@hawaii.gov

Sunday
Jul242016

Tropical Storm Darby Update for Sunday July 24 at 7 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.
This is the last Tropical Storm Darby update.
Tropical Storm Darby continues to move further away from the Big Island, and Hawaii Electric Light crews have completed power restoration efforts for the entire island as of 5 PM today.
Civil Defense sincerely appreciates the public’s efforts to be storm ready. For up to date emergency information sign up for emergency message services at hawaiicounty.gov. 
Mahalo to our broadcast community for keeping the public informed.
Thank you for listening, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense.

 

Friday
Jul082016

Siren sounding at 9:50 p.m. on July 8, 2016 was due to a malfunction

Aloha,

The island wide Civil Defense siren system sounding at approximately 9:50 p.m. on July 8, 2016 occurred due to a malfunction.  There is no emergency. 

Thank you very much.

Tuesday
Jun282016

Siren Testing Wednesday, June 20, 2016 and Thursday, June 30, 2016

HONOLULU — Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), together with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, will conduct siren testing on Hawaii Island on WEDNESDAY, June 29 and THURSDAY, June 30, 2016. Testing will be between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Kapaa Beach Park, North Kohala
  • Mahukona Beach Park, North Kohala
  • Waiaka, Waimea
  • Puako Beach Road, Waikoloa
  • Historic Park, Waikoloa
  • Holoholokai Public Beach Park, Waikoloa
  • Kealakehe Elementary School, Kailua Kona

These new sirens are part of the Statewide Siren Modernization Project. Residents nearby may hear the siren sound six to eight times for 30-second to one-minute intervals during the identified timeframe. Testing will include short blasts known as “burps.” During the tests, emergency management officials and technicians will check that installation work on the sirens has been completed properly. Residents can direct questions about this siren testing to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency at (808) 935-0031.

Hawaii EMA encourages the public to make use of other supplemental methods of warning including, but not limited to, Hawaii County’s mass text notification system, Blackboard Connect, and NOAA Weather Radio.

Media Contact:

Mary Zanakis
Public Information Officer
808.620.5422
mzanakis@scd.hawaii.gov

Galen Yoshimoto
Public Relations Officer
808.620.5408
HawaiiEMA@hawaii.gov

Wednesday
Jun222016

Telephone Outage Update for Wednesday, June 22 at 2:45 PM

Hawaiian Telcom reports that telephone and cellular services are operational again.  This includes the 911 system.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as Hawaiian Telcom worked to resolve this issue.

Wednesday
Jun222016

Telephone Outage Update for Wednesday, June 22 at 10:00 am

Hawaiian Telcom continues to experience technical problems that affect telephone and cell phone services including use of the 911 system. 

The service provider is working to correct the problem.

Persons in need of emergency assistance are advised that if they can’t reach 911 by phone, they should report to the nearest fire station, police station, or flag down a police officer.

Please note: The 911 system is still being affected by technical problems.

Tuesday
May242016

Lava Flow Information Update May 25, 2016 4:30 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a lava flow information update for Wednesday May 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the two new lava flows from Puʻu ʻŌʻō remain active but have not advanced significantly.  Overflights at 8:30 a.m. this morning and at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon showed both breakouts are approximately the same length as yesterday and remain in areas that have been previously covered by older lava flows.

The larger northern breakout is channeled in a northwest direction within the Kahauale‘a Natural Area Reserve.  The smaller breakout is still active but has not advanced significantly. Again, neither lava flow has extended beyond the existing Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field.  The current activity does not pose any immediate threat to nearby communities, however, a glow may be seen at night.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawai‘i County Civil Defense are monitoring the lava flow breakout closely.  Residents and businesses downslope will be kept informed of any significant changes.

Additional updates will be broadcast as necessary. Find more information including photos and maps at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/