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Sunday
Oct152017

High Wind and High Surf Message for Sunday October 15 at 10:30 AM

This is a High Surf and High Wind information message for Sunday October 15 at 10:30 AM.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind advisory for North, South, and East Hawaii Island, including the interior regions.

In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a High Surf advisory for all shores of Hawaii Island.

Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) reports their work crews are responding to spot power outages in isolated areas. As in all severe weather conditions, expect possible interruptions in power, cable and telephone services.  

Should power outages occur, be on the alert for malfunctioning traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

Ocean front residents and beachgoers are advised to be on the alert for possible high and dangerous surf. You are asked to exercise caution due to the unpredictability of high surf.

As a precaution, boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property.

This radio station will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety.

Thank you for listening, have a safe day, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

 

 

Text message:

Civil Defense Message: National Weather Service (NWS) issued a High Wind advisory for North, South, East, and interior of Hawaii Island through today. NWS also issued a High Surf Advisory for all shores of Hawaii Island from today through Wednesday. For more info: www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts

Saturday
Oct142017

Saddle Road/DKI Highway Open, Saturday, October 14, Noon

This is a Civil Defense Road Closure Message for Saturday, October 14 at Noon. Hawaii Police Department reports the Daniel K. Inouye Highway/Saddle Road is now open in both directions. Have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Thursday
Oct122017

Weather Information and Surf Advisory for Friday, October 13, 2017 at 3:05 PM

This is a Civil Defense message.  This is a weather information update for Friday October 13 at 3 PM.

The National Weather Service reports unstable weather conditions to continue through today and into tonight for Hawaii Island.

Police report all roads are open at this time, but advise that driving conditions are poor because of occasional heavy downpours.

If lightning threatens your area, the safest place to be is indoors.

Should power outages occur, be on the alert for non-operable traffic signals. Please treat flashing traffic lights as a four-way stop.

In addition, the National Weather Service expects high surf to approach advisory levels along the shores of North Kohala, Hamakua, North and South Hilo and Puna from tonight through the weekend.

Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for possible high and dangerous surf as well as exercise caution due to the unpredictability of huge swells.

As a precaution, boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property.

This radio station will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety.

Thank you for listening, have a safe day, this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Sunday
Oct082017

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake, No Tsunami Threat to Hawaii

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirms that the 6.7 magnitude earthquake the occurred today, October 8, 2017 at 12:35 PM today off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska DID NOT cause a TSUNAMI THREAT for the Island or State of Hawaii. There is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to Hawaii.

Thursday
Sep072017

Tsunami Information Update for Thursday, September 7 at 8:15 pm

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, September 7 at 8:15 PM. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center confirms that the earthquake that occurred at 6:50 tonight HST off Mexico did not cause a TSUNAMI THREAT for the Island or State of Hawaii.

I repeat, there is NO TSUNAMI THREAT to the Island or State of Hawaii from the Mexico earthquake which occurred at 6:50 tonight HST off Mexico.

As a precaution, be aware of possible strong currents or higher than normal sea levels, especially between 3 AM and 5 AM tomorrow morning.

I repeat, NO TSUNAMI THREAT to the State or Island of Hawaii from the earthquake that occurred tonight off Mexico.

Thank you for listening.  Have a safe night.  This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Thursday
Sep072017

North Kona Emergency Proclamation 

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County of Hawai’i.

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawaii County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai’i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13-23 of the Hawai’i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and

WHEREAS, on January 12, 2017 the County of Hawai’i Department of Water Supply (“Department of Water Supply”) issued a Notice of Water Restriction for North Kona asking users to reduce consumption by 25% due to four wells being under repairs or offline; and

WHEREAS, on February 17, 2017 the Department of Water Supply issued a Water Restriction Notice Reminder, and also the Keopu Deepwell had failed after being initially repaired; and

WHEREAS, on June 26, 2107 and again on August 3, 2017 the Department of Water Supply posted a FAQ’s for North Kona Water Restriction on the Department of Water Supply’s website which included a warning that should another well source fail that rotating water shut-offs could occur; and

WHEREAS, although the Department of Water Supply issued repeated Notices asking for reduction in use and warning of loss of water supply there has not been significant reduction in usage; and

WHEREAS, on August 13, 2017 the Honokohau Deepwell failed increasing the lack of available water supply; and

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of imminent disaster due to property damage and/or bodily injury to residents of the District of North Kona, Hawai’i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Chapter 7, Hawaii County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawaii, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due threat of imminent disaster in the District of North Kona, Hawaii Island, effective September 6, 2017, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my handnd caused the Seal of the County of Hawai’i to be affixed. Done this 6th day of September 2017 in Hilo, Hawaii.

HARRY KIM Mayor County of Hawaii 

Please view the Original Emergency Proclamation

Sunday
Sep032017

Highway 19 Now Open, Update for Monday, September 4 at 11:30 AM

This is a Civil Defense Update: Hawaii Police Department reports Highway 19 is now open to all traffic in the Honomu area. For more details, go to www.nixle.us/9KFYZ 

Tuesday
Aug012017

Emergency Proclamation Hale Kikaha Project

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes, provides for the establishment of County organizations for emergency management and disaster relief with the Mayor having direct responsibility and authority over emergency management within the County.

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawaii Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawaii County Code, establishes a Civil Defense Agency within the County of Hawai’i and prescribes its powers, duties, and responsibilities, and Section 13- 23 of the Hawai’i County Charter empowers the Mayor of the County to declare emergencies; and

WHEREAS, homeless individuals have established an encampment at the County of Hawai’i’s Old Kona Airport Park, District of South Kona, County and State of Hawai’i; and

WHEREAS, the homeless individuals at the Old Kona Airport Park were removed from the park grounds; and

WHEREAS, these homeless individuals could be temporarily sheltered at the grounds of the Hale Kikaha Project located in the District of North Kona County and State of Hawai’i; and

WHEREAS, these unsheltered homeless individuals are without access to adequate bathroom, shower and living facilities; and

WHEREAS, these unsheltered homeless individuals require health and social services in order to maintain themselves safely and in reasonable health; and

WHEREAS, the lack of secure, safe and sanitary shelter, and adequate health and social services for these homeless people is endangering the health, safety and welfare of these people and pose a threat to the environment and public health, and demands emergency action to prevent or mitigate suffering, injury, loss, or damage to persons and property; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to section 127A- 13( b)( 1) Hawai’i Revised Statutes the Mayor has the authority to relieve hardships and inequities, or obstructions to public health, safety or welfare found by the Mayor to exist in the laws of the County and to result from the operation of federal programs or measures taken under Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes, by suspending the county laws, in whole or in part, or by alleviating the provisions of county laws on such terms and conditions the Mayor may impose; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to section 127A- 13( b)( 2) Hawai’i Revised Statutes the Mayor has the authority to suspend any county law that impedes or tends to impede or to be detrimental to the expeditious and efficient execution of, or to conflict with emergency functions, including the laws by which Chapter 127A Hawai’ i Revised Statutes, specifically are made applicable to emergency personnel; and

WHEREAS, due to the possibility of threat to the environment and public health to residents of the District of South and North Kona, Hawai’i Island, and the need for government agencies and representatives from the private sector to mobilize and provide immediate services to our island residents, a state of emergency is authorized pursuant to Chapter 127A Hawai’i Revised Statutes, and Chapter 7, Hawai’i County Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY KIM, Mayor of the County of Hawai’i, do hereby proclaim and declare that an emergency contemplated by section 127A- 14, Hawaii Revised Statutes has occurred in the County of Hawai’i and hereby proclaim an emergency for the purposes of implementing the emergency management functions as allowed by law, effective August 1, 2017, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

I FURTHER DECLARE, that pursuant to sections 127A- 13( b)( 1) and ( 2) the following County laws are suspended during the emergency period as they relate to the grounds of Hale Kikaha Project located in the District of North Kona, County and State of Hawai’i:

  1. Chapter 5 Building Code.
  2. Chapter 25 Zoning Code.
  3. Chapter 26 Fire Code.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai’i to be affixed. Done this 1st day of August, 2017 in Hilo, Hawai’i.

Signed Harry Kim Mayor, County of Hawai’i

Please view the Official Emergency Proclamation in our Public Documents.

Friday
Jul282017

Department of Health Advisory for Kohanaiki Beach Park in Kona

Department of Health Clean Water Branch reports water samples from Kohanaiki Beach Park, Kona exceed normal water quality levels for enterococci (364 per 100 mL). Posted advisories remain in effect until results no longer exceed 130 enterococci per 100 mL threshold.

For more information, go to http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/cwb/wqd/viewer/ 

Friday
Jul282017

Water Restriction Remains in Effect

The Dept. of Water Supply mandatory Water Restriction remains in effect for North Kona. Due to on going well repairs, customers are required to reduce water usage by 25%. For up-to-date well repair information and suggestions to reduce water use, go to www.hawaiidws.org