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Travel-Related Case of Zika Reported on Hawai'i Island, Mosquito Control Measures Taken


The State Department of Health’s Hawai’i Island District Health Office and the County of Hawai’i jointly announced today a single imported case of Zika virus on Hawai’i Island. This is the first travel-related case of Zika in Hawai’i County this year confirmed by the DOH State Laboratories Division. The Hawai’i resident has a history of recent travel to the South Pacific, and is past the point of being infectious to mosquitoes. Hawai’i has no locally acquired Zika cases at this time, and no mosquitoes are transmitting the disease within the state.

A DOH Vector Control team was sent to visit the individual’s residence and place of employment to survey the areas for mosquitoes, and treated any areas of concern to reduce mosquitoes and breeding sites. DOH continues to coordinate closely with its county partners to assure a targeted and efficient response.

“The County of Hawai’i is working with the Department of Health to take proactive steps to assess affected areas for mosquito activity, educate communities, and treat mosquito breeding sites,” said Civil Defense Administrator Ed Teixeira. “This event is a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant and take steps to prevent mosquito bites especially when traveling to affected areas worldwide, and eliminate mosquitoes by emptying standing water where they can breed.”

Zika continues to spread in multiple regions across the world, and imported or travel-related cases are expected to increase this year. Travelers are advised to prevent infection while traveling by using repellant and by staying away from mosquitoes. Travelers should also prevent mosquito bites when they return from areas with mosquito borne disease outbreaks, as well as monitor their health and see their healthcare provider about illness occurring in the 2–3 weeks after return from travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends special precautions for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. If travel cannot be avoided, women should consult with their healthcare providers first and vigilantly follow steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

For more tips on how to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, visit

For travel guidance, visit

For information on Zika and pregnancy, visit

For information on reported Hawai’i cases this year, visit

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T. Ilihia Gionson, County of Hawai’i

Jason Dela Cruz, Hawai’i District Health Office, Department of Health


Puna Geothermal Release Information for Monday October 3 at 4:30 AM

This is a Civil Defense message for Monday October 3.  At 2:30 AM today, Puna Geothermal (PGV) reported a release of steam at their plant. PGV also reports that the situation has been contained and secured. Based on all available data, there is no threat to the public and no evacuation is necessary. Fire Department is on scene and Civil Defense will continue to monitor. 



Hawaii Emergency Management Agency




September 30, 2016

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system, coordinated with the test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.

The siren test is a steady one minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.

Contact your county civil defense/emergency management agency to report siren operations issues: 
Hawaii (808) 935-0031
Maui (808) 270-7285
City and County of Honolulu (808) 723-8960
Kauai (808) 241-1800

Oahu residents in areas surrounding Campbell Industrial Park, Honokai Hale, Makakilo, Kapolei Regional Park, Kapolei Golf Course, and the Coast Guard Station at Kalaeloa may also hear a “whooping” tone following the Siren Test. This “whooping” tone is a test of the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) siren warning group that will be activated in the event of a HAZMAT incident. Contact the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management at (808) 723-8960 for more information on the HAZMAT Incident outdoor siren warning test.

When the siren signal is sounded in your area, tune to any local radio or television station for emergency information and instructions broadcast by emergency management agencies. Participating stations will carry a detailed explanation of what the sirens mean, as well as other related information, during the monthly test. 


Tests of outdoor warning sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted simultaneously, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcasting industry. Emergency management and disaster preparedness information is located in the front section of telephone directories in all counties.



Geothermal Information Update for September 29, 2016 at 10 PM

This is a Civil Defense message for Thursday, September 29, at 10 PM. 


This is an information update to the Puna Geothermal release of steam that was reported earlier today.    


Based on all available data from air quality monitoring, there continues to be no threat to the public. 


Again, based on all available data from air quality monitoring, there continues to be no threat to the public.


This is the final update. Thank you, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.


Flash Flood Warning Cancelled Wednesday September 14 at 10:15 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.

The National Weather Service has cancelled the Flash Flood Warning issued earlier this evening. However, the County of Hawaii remains under a Flash Flood Watch through tomorrow afternoon. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. 

The evacuation shelter at Paauilo Gym has been closed. 

Hawaii Electric Light reports power restoration repair efforts have begun for those areas with power outages.

Hawaii Police Department reports South Kopua Road in Glenwood is flooded 1.5 miles in from Route 11. Traffic is rerouted through alternate routes.

Monitor your local forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued at a later time. Thank you for listening, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.


Hurricane Lester Update for Saturday September 3, 2016 at 10 AM


This is a Civil Defense message.

This is a Hurricane Lester information update for Saturday September 3rd, at 10:00 AM.

At 8:00 AM, the National Weather Service reported that Hurricane Lester was located 165 miles north-northeast of Hilo, moving west-northwest at 16 MPH with maximum sustained winds at 100 MPH with higher gusts.

The National Weather Service also reported that deep tropical moisture around Hurricane Lester will result in increasing showers with the possibility of localized heavier downpours or thunderstorms today through Sunday.

A High Surf Warning for east facing shores remains in effect until 6 AM tomorrow morning. Surf heights in excess of 20 feet along east-facing shores have been reported.

The evacuation shelters at Pahoa Community Center and at the Keaukaha-Kawananakoa Gym are now closed. 

The public’s understanding and cooperation in keeping our communities safe are sincerely appreciated. The media’s efforts in keeping the public informed is also appreciated.

This will be the last update for Hurricane Lester. Thank you for listening; this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.  



What You Can Do to be Storm Ready

Monitor the status of the Hurricane: For your information and planning, monitor the following link for up-to-date information about Tropical Storm Madeline at

During a tropical storm:

Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Be extra careful when walking outside.
Storm damage such as downed power lines and fallen debris could injure you.

6 hours before arrival:
Close storm shutters if possible and stay away from windows.
Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.
If you lose power, food will last longer.

6 to 12 hours before arrival:
Turn on your TV/radio, or check your local government’s website frequently.
You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Charge your phone.
You’ll have a full battery if you lose power.

12 to 36 hours before arrival:
Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away.
These may become a safety hazard.
Bookmark your local government’s website.
This gives you quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.

36 to 48 hours before arrival:
Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit.
Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power.
For example, you can use phone, text, social media, or email.
Create an evacuation plan with your family.
You may have to leave quickly.



Posted on Aug 29, 2016 in MainNews Release

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency






August 29, 2016


HONOLULU – After consultation with the four counties, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency will not conduct siren testing on Thursday, September 1st.

The combination of the World Conservation Congress with delegates from 170 countries, a visit by President Barak Obama and the approach of two powerful hurricanes has emergency management officials concerned the siren testing may result in public confusion.

Hawaii EMA Administrator, Vern Miyagi says, “The less confusion the better.”

Siren testing will resume in October. Any siren sounding before then should be taken seriously and the public should tune in to television and radio news reports.

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Media Contacts:

Mary Zanakis
Public Information Officer

Galen Yoshimoto
Public Relations Officer


Emergency Shelters Open

Please ensure to bring your own bedding, food, water, medicines and any personal items you may need.

Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters:

Waiakea High

Kalanianaole Elementary

Keaau High

Pahoa High

Honokaa High and Intermediate

Kealakehe High

Konawaena High

Ka’u High


Emergency Shelters Unable to Accomodate Pets:

Hilo High

Laupahoehoe High

Kohala High and Elementary

Waikoloa Elementary

Waimea Middle

Mountain View Elementary


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.