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Kīlauea Eruption Information Resources

Hawaii County Civil Defense

Disaster Recovery Center

Residents of Hawai‘i County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes, can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The following is provided for your information:
  • A Disaster Recovery Center or DRC, jointly operated by Hawaii County, the State of Hawaii, and FEMA is open daily from 8am to 8pm, and is located at the Keaau High School Gym.
  • If you need a ride, buses will be running between the two shelters and the DRC between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm.
  • The Keaau Armory shuttle runs every 20 minutes and the Pahoa Community Center Shelter every hour.
  • FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and state and county government agencies will be present at the center.
  • For a list of the information you need to bring with you, or if you want to register online, go to

Shuttle Bus Schedule (updated Friday, June 15, 2018)
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Route 1 – Kea‘au Armory and Kea‘au High School Parking Lot to Kea‘au High School Gym
Continuous shuttle every 20 minutes
7:30 a.m. Kea‘au Armory
7:35 a.m. Kea‘au High School Parking Lot
7:40 a.m. Kea‘au High School Gym
7:45 a.m. Parking Lot
7:50 a.m. Armory
7:55 a.m. Parking Lot
8:00 a.m. Gym
8:05 a.m. Parking Lot
8:10 a.m. Armory
Continuous until 9:00 p.m.
Route 2 – Pāhoa Community Center to Keaau High School Gym
Continuous shuttle every hour
7:30 a.m. Pāhoa Gym
7:35 a.m. Pāhoa Community Center
8:00 a.m. Kea‘au High School Gym
8:30 a.m. Pāhoa Gym
8:35 a.m. Pāhoa Community Center
9:00 a.m. Kea‘au High School Gym
Continuous until 9:00 p.m.

Recovery Information and Assistance Center (RIAC): Pahoa Community Center

  • 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778
  • Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Besides providing information about the eruption, the center will offer social service information for the evacuees from affected areas:
  • Placards (Mayor’s Office & CERT)
  • Housing options (Catholic Charities, HOPE Services Hawaii, County of Hawaii – Office of Housing)
  • Financial assistance (Child & Family Service, State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services)
  • Food (The Food Basket, Salvation Army)
  • Kupuna Care & Health (Office of Aging)
  • Mental Health & Counseling (State of Hawaii, Department of Health)
  • Veterans Services
  • Benefits & Services (Allstate Insurance Advocates, US Postal Services and Social Security Administration).

Evacuation Shelters - Pet friendly

  • Pahoa Community Center: 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778
  • Keaau Armory, in the back of the Herbert Shipman Park, off of Highway 11.
    For further information, contact Parks and Recreation at 808-961-8311.

Air Quality

Volcanic Activity

USGS (United States Geological Survey)

International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN)

Other Media

Preparing for Ashfall

Department of Health

  • SO2 (Sulfur Dioxide) concentrations measured daily by monitors located around Hawai’i Island:
  • Crisis Line: residents and visitors who have been affected by the recent eruptions and are seeking help in coping with mental or emotional effects, call toll-free: 1-800-753-6879


  • Monetary donations can be made online to:
    or by mail at: Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813
  • Non-monetary donations can be made to The Salvation Army (808) 756-0306
  • Food and water donations can be made to The Food Basket. They are distributing food through the Food Pantries in the Puna area. For more info, visit:
    Phone: (808) 933-6030
  • Monetary donations can be made online to:
    or by mail at: American Red Cross of Hawaii, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI, 96816
    Phone: (808)-739-8109

Mail Service:


Pahoa Post Office service hours are temporarily extended from 10am-2pm on Sundays for residents affected by eruption.
  • Sunday hours are available solely to provide service to residents in evacuated areas; no retail services will be available.
  • USPS also advises that Change of Address forms are available at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center located at the Pahoa Community Center. A USPS representative is on site daily to answer questions related to mail delivery.
The Pahoa Post Office is open for business and will remain open as long as the safety of its employees, customers and the mail are not compromised.


Please call FedEx directly to schedule/coordinate delivery.

  • Dial (800) 463-3339 or 1-800-Go-FedEX
    Press 0 repeatedly to speak with a Customer Service Representative
  • Alternately, follow the automated system and enter your tracking #

Hawaii County Evacuation Guidance on Hazardous Gas Exposure

Code Color SO2 levels* H2S levels*Health Effect Response
Blue   0.0 to 0.2 0.0 to < 0.6
  • Individuals with pre-existing medical or respiratory conditions may be affected at these levels.
  • Little or no risk to healthy individuals.
  • People with breathing difficulties should take action to avoid exposure.
  • Everyone should be alert for changing conditions
Orange   > 0.2 to 1.0 0.6 to < 7.0
  • Individuals with pre-existing medical or respiratory conditions may experience health effects, like wheezing or chest tightness, and should leave the area.
  • The general public is not expected to be affected in this range.
  • Individuals with pre-existing medical or respiratory conditions should avoid outdoor activities that cause heavy breathing or breathing through the mouth.
  • Minimize physical activities.
  • Take actions to limit exposure by going indoors or leaving the area.
  • Everyone should be alert for changing conditions.
Red   Above 1.0 7.0 or above
  • The general public may experience minor respiratory issues and should be on alert while minimizing exposure.
  • As concentrations increase, everyone may experience more serious health effects.
  • Severe effects may include choking or difficulty breathing. May affect entire exposed population.
  • Prepare and be alert for Civil Defense warnings regarding possible evacuation.
  • Take actions necessary to limit further exposure (remain indoors or leave area).
  • Monitor emergency broadcasts and follow instructions.
  • Call 9-1-1, Hawaii Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) or seek medical attention if severely affected.


  • *Levels are meassured in parts per million with a 30 minute average
  • Asthmatics & persons with chronic respiratory disease: Always have your medications available.
  • Reducing your exertion level so that you can breathe through your nose will reduce the amount of hazardous gas that reaches your lungs.
  • People experiencing health effects: Contact your doctor as soon as possible if any problems develop, as respiratory conditions might worsen rapidly in heavy sulfur dioxide (SO2), hydrogen sulfide (H2S) or vog conditions.
  • People have different sensitivities to hazardous gas. Use this table to learn how sensitive you are, so that you can develop appropriate measures to protect your health and avoid serious responses.
  • Readings are based on 30-minute average. Part per million equals part per billion divided by 1000.
  • Susceptible individuals may develop symptoms at or below the warning limits.
  • Individuals with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, lung or heart disease may be more severely impacted by poor air quality conditions. Note: Some people with mild asthma may not be aware of it. If you have breathing difficulties at low levels of SO2 or H2S, check with your healthcare provider.
  • People react differently to hazardous gas exposure - some are more sensitive. For many people simply reducing activity levels enough so that they can breathe through the nose will permit them to be outdoors without symptoms.
  • Current levels can be monitored at

This is a joint venture and product of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, Hawaii State Department of Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the Kilauea volcanic eruptions. Last updated: June 5, 2018.