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Hawaii County Civil Defense


This is an Archive of previous alerts posted to the Civil Defense Messages and Alerts page. For current alerts please visit the Civil Defense Messages and Alerts page.


Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System postponed to 10/3

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on the backup date of October 3, 2018 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence. The WEA portion of the test commences at 8:18 a.m. HST (2:18 p.m. EDT), and the EAS portion follows at 8:20 a.m. HST (2:20 p.m. EDT). The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

Full Press Release


Monthly Siren and Emergency Alert System Test, 10/1 at 11:45AM

Monthly Siren and Emergency Alert System Test: Today, Monday, October 1, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

Full Press Release


Disaster Recovery Center to Close on Sept 28

The Kilauea Disaster Recovery Center in Kea’au, which has been assisting residents affected by the Lower East Rift Zone eruption, will close permanently on Friday, September 28.

Flood Insurance Meeting for Property Owners/Renters Sept 25 & 27

This is a Civil Defense message for Monday, September 24 at 11:30 in the morning. 

The Department of Public Works and associated agencies invite Hawaii County property owners and renters to attend an important educational meeting on flood and other insurance.

Flooding is one of the major natural disasters in the United States. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Insurance Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Hawai‘i County invite property owners and renters to an important educational meeting, in Hilo and in Kona, on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and common misconceptions regarding various insurance coverages. FEMA Flood Insurance Specialist, Kathy Graf and DCCA Insurance Division, Education Specialist, Chanel Honda will conduct a formal presentation each night at 6:00 p.m.

DLNR will be available to assist interested individuals in viewing FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) utilizing the Hawai‘i Flood Hazard Assessment Tool ( FIRMs can help residents make informed decisions about flood insurance options and flood protection measures.

Hawai‘i County personnel will help property owners understand the building permit process for repairs or new construction in a Special Flood Hazard Area.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Aupuni Center Conference Room
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1
Hilo, Hawai‘i


Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale
Building A
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway
Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i

For more information call Hawai‘i County, Department of Public Works, Engineering Division at (808) 961-8327 or email .

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.


Flood Advisory Thursday 9/13/18 7:30AM

This is a Civil Defense update for Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 in the morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for Hawaii Island. Moderate to heavy rain continues across the eastern slopes of the island. Peak rain rates of about one inch per hour were recorded in Puna and South Hilo. Rainfall is expected to continue through the morning. 

For your safety, please take the following precautions: 

  • Stay away from streams, drainage ditches, and low lying areas prone to flooding.
  • Drive carefully. Rainfall and runoff may cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility, and poor braking action.
  • Do not cross fast flowing or rising water in your vehicle, or on foot. Turn around, don’t drown!  

Thank you and have a safe day. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.