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Wednesday
Jul112018

East Rift Zone Eruption Monday 7/16/18 4:15 PM

This is a Civil Defense message for Monday, July 16 at 4:15 in the afternoon. 

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt lava into the perched channel heading northeast from the vent toward Kapoho. The southern edge of the flow has stalled about 0.6 miles from Isaac Hale Park, and lava continues to ooze into the ocean near Ahalanui. Explosions were reported from the ocean entry this morning, with at least one being quite strong. No other fissures are active.

The following policies remain in effect:

  • Do not access the active flow field due to extreme hazard. Be aware that spill overs of the flow channel and other breakouts are possible on the active flow field.
  • The ocean entry continues to produce a “laze” plume. Take precautions and stay out of the plume to avoid exposure to hydrochloric acid and glass particles, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs. 

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • The Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Keaau High School Gym, is open daily from 8am to 6pm weekdays and 8am to 4pm on weekends (closed this Sunday, July 22). If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • Placards are available at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani Street in Hilo.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.
This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Monday
Jul022018

Third Supplementary 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;

WHEREAS, Chapter 127A Hawai‘i Revised Statutes and Chapter 7, Articles 1 and 2 of the Hawai‘i 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 May 3, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i and the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i issued respective Emergency Proclamations declaring states of emergency due to active lava erupting along the East Rift Zone in Lower Puna, County and State of Hawai‘i; and

WHEREAS, on May 9, 2018, the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i issued a Supplementary Proclamation expanding the scope and application of his Proclamation in order to provide further emergency disaster relief by suspending additional sections of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes; and

WHEREAS, on May 22, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Supplementary Emergency Proclamation suspending Hawai‘i County Code, Chapter 19, Section 19-47, related to real property tax assessments to those parcels that suffered uninhabitability or isolation due to this eruptive event in those areas described as Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, Pohoiki Bay Estates and Kapoho Estates; and

WHEREAS, on May 30, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Second Supplementary Emergency Proclamation suspending several County Code provisions related to the preparation, set-up, construction, or installation of temporary emergency shelters for residents displaced or voluntarily evacuated due the active lava eruption; and

WHEREAS, on May 30, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued Mayor’s Emergency Rule #1 restricting access to the area containing Kapoho Beach Lots, Vacationland and Kapoho Farm Lots; and

WHEREAS, on May 31, 2018, the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for identified areas within the Leilani Estates subdivision; and

WHEREAS, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Hawai‘i Volcano Observatory (HVO), cannot project an end date to this eruptive event and has noted that previous eruptive events in the area have lasted for several months; and

WHEREAS, as of this date, the eruption has inundated over 6,000 acres of land and destroyed over 600 structures; and

WHEREAS, due to the ongoing eruption’s increasing areas of inundation, I have determined that it is necessary to supplement and expand my May 22, 2018 Supplementary Emergency Proclamation related to real property tax assessments in those areas described as Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Gardens, Pohoiki Bay Estates and Kapoho Estates to include a larger area; and

WHEREAS, Section 127A-13(b)(1), Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, provides that during the emergency period, the Mayor may “[r]elieve hardship and inequities, or obstruction 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 this chapter, by suspending the county laws in whole or in part, or by alleviating the provisions of county laws on such terms and conditions as the Mayor may impose…”; and

WHEREAS, Section 19-68 (a)(3), Hawai‘i County Code, states that homeowners’ exemptions are to be applied at least one-half year after the approval of that exemption; and

WHEREAS, I find that homeowners that are able to relocate from the affected area not being able to have their homeowner’s exemption relocate with them until one-half year later places an unnecessary hardship and inequity upon them; and

WHEREAS, to relieve hardship and inequity, for those persons who have relocated from the affected area due to uninhabitability or isolation to a new property which they intend to own and occupy as a principal home or residence, the period for claiming and applying a home owner exemption must be suspended; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Harry Kim, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim and declare that a state of emergency exists due to threat of imminent disaster on the Hawai‘i Island, effective 07:30., July 2, 2018, and continuing thereon for 60 days or until further act by this office.

I FURTHER ORDER, that pursuant to Section 127A-13(b)(1) Hawai’i Revised Statutes, the following sections of the Hawai’i County Code be suspended:

  1. Chapter 19, Section 19-47 as it applies to those parcels that suffered uninhabitability or isolation or potential uninhabitability or isolation due to this eruptive event described as and further described and detailed on Exhibit “A” attached; and
  2. Chapter 19 Section 19-68(a)(3) as it applies to those who had homeowner’s exemptions pursuant to section 19-68 in the area described as Leilani Estates, Lanipuna Garden, Pohoiki Bay Estates, Kapoho Estates, _____and further described and detailed on Exhibit “A” attached.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed. Done this 2nd day of July, 2018 in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

Harry Kim
Mayor
County of Hawai‘i

Please view the original Third Supplementary Emergency Proclamation.

Thursday
Jun282018

East Rift Zone Eruption: THUR 6/28/18 4:30PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 28 at 4:30 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel with a broad ocean entry along the Kapoho shoreline. Fresh lava is also oozing at Kapoho Beach Lots. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.

Due to volcanic activity, the following polices are in effect:

  • Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed.
  • Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes. 
  • Under Emergency Provisions, any looting or vandalism during an emergency is treated as a felony.
  • The Hawaii Police Department is enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s Temporary Flight Restriction for the lower Puna area. No aircraft or drone activity is allowed within the Temporary Flight Restriction.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies are available at the Disaster Recovery Center to assist you.
  • For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, please visit the Civil Defense website (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Thursday
Jun282018

East Rift Zone Eruption: THUR 6/28/18 6AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an explosive event occurred at Halemaumau Crater at 4:49 this morning.  On the East Rift Zone, Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is expanding south along the shoreline, and is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.

Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
  • For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, please visit the Civil Defense website (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun272018

East Rift Zone Eruption: WED 6/27/18 4:30PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 27 at 4:30 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is expanding south along the shoreline, and is also oozing fresh lava at Kapoho Beach Lots. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high.

Due to active lava near houses in Kapoho, access by residents is not allowed. No additional houses have been destroyed at this time. 

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
  • For more resources to help you recover from this disaster, please visit the Civil Defense website (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Wednesday
Jun272018

East Rift Zone Eruption: WED 6/27 6AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Wednesday, June 27 at 6:00 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is expanding south along the shoreline. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense. 

Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes. 

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun262018

Kilauea Summit Explosion: TUE, 6/26 10:45PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for June 26, at 10:45 in the evening.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that an explosive eruption at Kilauea summit has occurred at 10:39 PM.  The resulting ash plume may affect the surrounding areas.  The wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala and Ocean View.  

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.  
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

This is your Hawaii Civil Defense Agency

Tuesday
Jun262018

East Rift Zone Eruption: TUE 6/26 4PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 26 at 4:00 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to be very active and is feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho. The flow is expanding south along the shoreline. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and laze at the ocean entry continue to be very high. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense. 

Due to frequent earthquakes, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes. 

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • You can register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (also referred to as FEMA) in-person by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), or online at disasterassistance.gov
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
  • For more resources on disaster recovery, please visit the county website. (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)

A community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria will be held tonight at 5 p. m.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun262018

East Rift Zone Eruption: TUE, 6/26, 11AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 26 at 11:00 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full lava channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho. A collapse explosion event at the Halemaumau Crater occurred yesterday afternoon around 5:00 p.m.  Residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes. 

Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry laze plumes continue to be very high. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense. 

If you have not already reported your property damaged, destroyed or inaccessible, please visit the Disaster Recovery Center located at Keaau High School.

The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am – 8pm. Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, State and County agencies, and nonprofit organizations are available to provide disaster assistance.

A community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria will be held today at 5 p. m.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Tuesday
Jun262018

East Rift Zone Eruption: TUE 6/26 6AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Tuesday, June 26 at 6:00 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full lava channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry laze plumes continue to be very high. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense. 

To report your home or property damaged or destroyed, please call the Hawaii Real Property Tax Office at 961-8201. To report your home or property inaccessible due to lava isolation or mandatory evacuation, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

A community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria will be held today at 5 p.m.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Monday
Jun252018

Kilauea Summit Collapse/Explosion, Mon, 06/25/18, 5:03PM

This is a Civil Defense message for Monday, June 25, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that a collapse/explosion event at the Kilauea summit occurred at approximately 5:03 p.m. The energy released from the event is equivalent to a magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale and did NOT cause a tsunami. The event resulted in a small plume made of mostly steam and little ash.

Residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.  

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports that the event did NOT cause a tsunami.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Monday
Jun252018

East Rift Zone Eruption: Mon, 6/25, 4PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, June 25 at 4:00 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full lava channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry laze plumes continue to be very high. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense. 

On the eruption, the following is provided for your information:

  • Total homes destroyed is 657.
  • Area that has been covered by lava is 6,164 acres.

To report your home or property damaged or destroyed, please call the Hawaii Real Property Tax Office at 961-8201. To report your home or property inaccessible due to lava isolation or mandatory evacuation, please call Civil Defense at 935-0031.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • You can register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (also referred to as FEMA) in-person by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), or online at disasterassistance.gov
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym. If you need a ride, buses will resume running between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
  • For more resources on disaster recovery, please visit the county website. (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)

A community meeting at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria will be held tomorrow at 5 p.m.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Monday
Jun252018

East Rift Zone Eruption: Mon 6/25 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, June 25 at 6:00 in the morning.  

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense.  

Due to frequent earthquake activity, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes.  

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption. The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.

Tropic Care 2018 will provide free medical, dental and eye care today, June 25th, through Thursday, June 28th, at Kea’au High School between 8am and 5pm. Tropic Care is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are affected by the disaster.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Sunday
Jun242018

East Rift Zone Eruption: Sun 6/24/18 6 PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Sunday, June 24 at 6:00 in the evening. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports an explosive event at Halemaumau Crater at 4:12 this afternoon. Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho.  There is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should heed warnings from Civil Defense.  Due to frequent earthquake activity, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity, and water after earthquakes. 

You may monitor vog and air quality conditions online using the Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard, linked on the Civil Defense website. (vog.ivhhn.org/)

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.

Tropic Care 2018 will resume providing free medical, dental, and eye care tomorrow.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Sunday
Jun242018

Incident: Kilauea Summit Collapse/Explosion, Sunday, 06/24/18, 04:12pm 

This is a Civil Defense message for Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 04:30 p.m.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that a collapse/explosion event occurred at approximately 04:12 p.m. The energy released from the event is equivalent to a magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale and did NOT cause a tsunami.

The event resulted in a small ash plume mostly steam that may affect the surrounding areas. Wind may carry the ash plume to the southwest toward Wood Valley, Pahala and Ocean View. 

  • The danger from this eruption is ash fallout.  The major response is to protect yourself from fallout.
  • If you are at home, stay indoors with the windows closed.  Turn on your radio and listen for updates from authorities.
  • If you are in your car, keep the windows closed.  Ash fallout may cause poor driving conditions, due to limited visibility and slippery driving conditions.  Drive with extreme caution, or pull over and park.  
  • After the hazard has passed, do check your home, and especially your catchment system for any impact that may affect your water quality.

 

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun232018

Kilauea Summit Collapse/Explosion: Sat, 6/23 4:45PM

This is a Civil Defense message for Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.

The Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that a collapse/explosion event occurred at approximately 4:34 p.m. The energy released from the event is equivalent to a magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale and did NOT cause a tsunami.

The event resulted in a small ash plume that may affect the surrounding areas. 

Repeat, there is NO tsunami threat.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun232018

East Rift Zone Eruption: Sat 6/23/18 4:30PM - Update 3

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 23 at 4:30 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho. Gas emissions from the fissure eruption and at the ocean entry laze plumes continue to be very high. Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense. 

Due to current volcanic activity, the following is provided for your information:

  • Avoid the laze at the ocean entry. Health hazards of laze include lung damage, and eye and skin irritation.
  • Monitor vog and air quality conditions online using the Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard, linked on the Civil Defense website. (vog.ivhhn.org/)
  • Due to frequent earthquake activity, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity and water after earthquakes. 

On the eruption, the following is provided for your information:

  • Total homes destroyed is 637.
  • Area that has been covered by lava is 6,144 acres.

Disaster assistance is available island-wide to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • You can register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (also referred to as FEMA) in-person by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), or online at disasterassistance.gov
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
  • For more resources on disaster recovery, please visit the county website (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun232018

East Rift Zone Eruption: Sat 6/23/18, 12PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 23 at 12:00 noon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho.  Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should be prepared and heed warnings from Civil Defense. 

Many resources are available to individuals and businesses in Hawaii County that have been affected by the Kilauea eruption.

  • You can register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (also referred to as FEMA) in-person by visiting the Disaster Recovery Center, by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA), or online at disasterassistance.gov
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is staffed with representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and State and County agencies.
  • For more resources on disaster recovery, please visit the county website (http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/lava-related/)

Free medical, dental and eye care is available today at “Tropic Care 2018” at Keaau High School between 8am and 5pm. A free legal clinic will also be held today from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Keaau High School. Tropic Care is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are affected by the Kilauea eruption.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jun232018

East Rift Zone Eruption: Sat 6/23/18 6AM - Update 1

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, June 23 at 6:00 in the morning. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho.  Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should heed warnings from Civil Defense.  Due to frequent earthquake activity, residents in the Volcano area are advised to monitor utility connections of gas, electricity and water after earthquakes. 

You may monitor vog and air quality conditions online using the Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard, linked on the Civil Defense website. (vog.ivhhn.org/)

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.

Free medical, dental and eye care will be available today, June 23 at “Tropic Care 2018” at Kea’au High School between 8am and 5pm. Tropic Care will also hold a free legal clinic today only from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Tropic Care is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are affected by the Kilauea eruption.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.

Friday
Jun222018

East Rift Zone Eruption: Fri 6/22/18 4PM - Update 2

This is a Civil Defense Message for Friday, June 22 at 4:00 in the afternoon. 

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that Fissure 8 continues to erupt with a full channel flowing to the ocean at Kapoho.  Currently, there is no immediate threat, but persons near the active flow should heed warnings from Civil Defense. Trade winds are pushing vog to the southwest.

You may monitor vog and air quality conditions online using the Hawaii Interagency Vog Information Dashboard, linked on the Civil Defense website. (vog.ivhhn.org/)

Many resources are available to individuals, homeowner, renters, businesses, and nonprofits, who were affected by the Kilauea eruption disaster. 

  • The Disaster Recover Center is a one-stop shop where you can go to register for disaster assistance and get help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Small Business Administration, State and County government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. 
  • The Disaster Recovery Center is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • If you need a ride, buses run between the two shelters and the Disaster Recovery Center between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm.
  • To learn more about disaster assistance from FEMA, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov.

Free medical, dental and eye care will be available today, June 22 and tomorrow, June 23 at “Tropic Care 2018” at Kea’au High School between 8am and 5pm. Tropic Care will also hold a free legal clinic tomorrow from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Tropic Care is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are affected by the Kilauea eruption.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.