Public Health

Preparedness

Update: Hurricane Hector

Hurricane Hector continues Westward and is expected to pass South of the Big Island on Wednesday. Currently Hector is approximately 500 miles of the Big Island. It continues to move Westward with a category 4 strength. Hawaii is in a Tropical Storm Watch (sustained winds at 30-73 mph) for the next 48 hours.

Here are some links for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/NWSHonolulu/

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tcpages/?storm=Hector&stormid=ep102018

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Preparedness

Volcanic Activity on Hawaii Island

The Department of Health website has up to date information on the current situation in the Big Island.

http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/advisories/big-island-volcanic-eruption/#impact

Currently, air quality on Maui is not threatened, because of prevailing trade winds. Should the winds switch to Kona wind, an increase in vog would be anticipated. Information regarding air quality and information regarding proper masks for protection will be issued if necessary.

Many people are feeling emotional distress from the ongoing #KilaueaVolcano eruptions. The daily volcanic activity plus the anxiety of not knowing how/whether it will directly affect your home can take a toll.

At times like this, taking care of your mental health is very important. The Crisis Line of Hawaii provides 24/7 support. Call 1-800-753-6879 for neighbor islands. For more info, click on the link below.

http://health.hawaii.gov/amhd/consumer/access/

Preparedness

Nuclear Weapons: What to do

The following link contains information and steps to take in the event of a nuclear detonation or missile warning/alert: HI-EMA guidance analysis nuclear detonation JUN 2017

The following link provides great information on nuclear weapons and their effects. Effects of Nuclear Weapons

Now would be a great time to sign up for Maka’ala, Maui County’s Emergency Alert System. It’s FREE!