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Friday
Jan192018

Water Shut Off Message for Friday, January 19 at 9 AM

This is a Civil Defense water shutoff message for Friday, January 19 at 9am. Department of Water Supply reports areas of Hilo & Kaumana are scheduled for a water service shutoff this Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 from 10am-3pm. A detailed map of area is posted on www.hawaiidws.org or call 961-8790 for info.

Thursday
Jan182018

High Wind Warning and High Surf Advisory for Thursday, January 18 at 11:15 AM

This is a High Wind and High Surf message for Thursday morning, January 18 at 11:15.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning and Advisory for Hawaii Island today through tonight. A High Wind Warning means maximum sustained winds of up to 40 mph with higher gusts and locally damaging winds.

The highest winds are expected to occur in the district of Kohala. Hamakua, Hilo, Puna, Ka’u, and the summit areas may also experience high winds.

Due to the High Wind Warning and Advisory, the following are issued:

  • Owners of small boats and aircraft should take measures to secure their crafts.
  • Exercise extreme caution with all coastal and ocean activities as winds will generate rough and choppy conditions.
  • Residents and property owners should take action to secure loose outdoor objects before winds increase. 
  • If you have outdoor plans today, be prepared for very windy conditions.
  • As in all high wind conditions, do expect possibility of power, phone, and internet interruptions; and motorists should be on the alert for debris on the roadways caused by the winds.

In addition, the National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for the shorelines of Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo, Puna and Ka’u. A High Surf Advisory means there is a threat to life and property from the surf. Oceanfront residents, all ocean activities, and beachgoers are advised to be on the alert for possible strong currents and breaking waves.

You are urged to take precautions to prepare for these conditions. Thank you; this is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Wednesday
Jan172018

NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION ISSUED SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Pursuant to the notice issued by the Department of Water Supply, dated January 9, 2018, downgrading the North Kona Water Restriction to Voluntary Conservation, the Emergency Proclamation issued on September 6, 2017 is hereby formally TERMINATED as of this date JAN 12 2018, Hilo Hawai’i.

Harry Kim
Mayor
County of Hawaii

Link to scanned document: Notice of termination of Emergency Proclamation Issued 9/6/2017

Sunday
Jan142018

High Surf Warning Update for Sunday, January 14 at 8:45 AM

This is a High Surf message for Sunday morning, January 14 at 8:45.

The National Weather Service High Surf Warning remains in effect for Puna, Hilo, Kohala and Kona shores today through tomorrow.  A High Surf Warning means there is a dangerous threat to life and property from the surf.

The highest threat will coincide with today’s high tide at 1:30 PM.

Due to the High Surf Warning, the following are in effect:

  • Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.
  • Boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property.
  • Mahukona Beach Park, Kauna’oa Bay, and Coconut Island Beach Park are closed until further notice. Additional closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice.
  • Consider canceling or postponing recreational or boating activities until the danger has passed.

This message will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety. Thank you. Have a safe day, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jan132018

Earthquake Information Statement for January 13th at 11:50 PM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday January 13 at 11:50 PM.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has occurred near the coast of Central Peru.  Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, again there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

Saturday
Jan132018

Emergency Preparedness Information for Ballistic Missile Attack

Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has been sharing this information with the community regarding a Nuclear Ballistic Missile Attack. This information and video will be updated as collaboration and planning continues with Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Please tune in to Na Leo TV at the following times or click on the link below to watch the video. You can also find it by going to naleo.tv and clicking on the “Video on Demand” link.

Channel 53

  • Fri., 1/12 7:00pm
  • Sun., 1/14 11:00am
  • Tues., 1/16 5:00pm
  • Thur., 1/18 7:00am

Channel 54

  • Sat., 1/13 9:30am
  • Mon., 1/15 12:30pm
  • Wed., 1/17 10:30am
  • Fri,., 1/19 6:00pm

Link: http://naleo.cablecast.tv:8081/CablecastPublicSite/show/3061?channel=1

Thank you.

Saturday
Jan132018

Missile Launch False Alarm, Saturday January 13th from Hawaii Emergency Mangement Agency

Missile Launch False Alarm

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) has confirmed that there was no ballistic missile and that there were no computer hacks to the HI-EMA system. The cause of the false alarm was human error. The following is a synopsis of what occurred: 

HI-EMA has already taken measures to ensure that an incident such as the one that occurred this morning does not happen again. HI-EMA has also started a review of cancellation procedures to inform the public immediately if a cancellation is warranted. We understand that false alarms such as this can erode public confidence in our emergency notification systems. We understand the serious nature of the warning alert systems and the need to get this right 100% of the time.

“I know first-hand how today’s false alarm affected all of us here in Hawaii, and I am sorry for the pain and confusion it caused. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing,” said Gov. David Ige.

The following is a synopsis of what occurred:

Approx. 8:05 a.m. – A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated. This was a test that involved the Emergency Alert System, the Wireless Emergency Alert, but no warning sirens.

8:07 a.m. – A warning test was triggered statewide by the State Warning Point, HI-EMA.

8:10 a.m. – State Adjutant Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, validated with the U.S. Pacific Command that there was no missile launch.

Honolulu Police Department notified of the false alarm by HI-EMA.

8:13 a.m. – State Warning Point issues a cancellation of the Civil Danger Warning Message. This would have prevented the initial alert from being rebroadcast to phones that may not have received it yet. For instance, if a phone was not on at 8:07 a.m., if someone was out of range and has since came into cell coverage (Hikers, Mariners, etc.) and/or people getting off a plane.

8:20 a.m. – HI-EMA issues public notification of cancellation via their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

8:24 a.m. – Governor Ige retweets HI-EMA’s cancellation notice.

8:30 a.m. – Governor posts cancellation notification to his Facebook page.

8:45 a.m. – After getting authorization from FEMA Integral Public Alert and Warning System, HI-EMA issued a “Civil Emergency Message” remotely.

The following action was executed by the Emergency Alert System (EAS):

1.    EAS message over Local TV/Radio Audio Broadcast & Television Crawler Banner.

“False Alarm. There is no missile threat to Hawaii.”

“False Alarm. There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. False Alarm.”

 

2.    Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)

“False Alarm. There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii.”

9:30 a.m. – Governor makes initial media notification.

9:34 a.m. – Governor’s message posted to his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

These are the actions that HI-EMA has already taken.

  1. On the recommendations of the HI-EMA Administrator, Vern Miyagi, the Governor has suspended all future drills until HI-EMA has completed a full analysis of the event.
  2. HI-EMA has already instituted a two-person activation/verification rule for tests as well as actual missile launch notifications.
  3. A cancellation command that can be done automatically that can be triggered within seconds of an error, has been put in place.

This is the process that HI-EMA is currently reviewing:

  1. Expanding notification processes for Hawaii’s Congressional Delegations, County Mayors, and key staff.

A formal preliminary report of findings and corrective actions will be issued next week.

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Jan132018

High Surf Warning for Saturday, January 13th at 1:00 pm

This is a High Surf message for Saturday afternoon, January 13 at 1:00 pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for North and West facing shores of Hawaii Island today through the holiday weekend.  This includes the shorelines of North and South Kona, North and South Kohala, Hamakua, Hilo and Puna.  A High Surf Warning means there is a threat to life and property from the surf.

Surf is forecast to build this afternoon to 16 feet on West shores and 30 feet on North shores Saturday night, then gradually subside Monday. The highest threat will coincide with the high tides, which occur at 2 AM and 1:30 PM Sunday.

Due to the High Surf Warning, the following are in effect:

·         Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.

·         Boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property.

·         Closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice.

·         It is recommended that the public suspend activities along the shores until this hazard subsides.

This message will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety. Thank you for listening. Have a safe weekend, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.

Saturday
Jan132018

No Threat of Missile Launch Message for Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:53 AM

This is a Civil Defense Message for Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:53 AM.  Please disregard message of nuclear attack.  There is NO THREAT of Missle Launch at this time.  I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time. Share this message with your family, neighbors, and community. Mahalo. 

Friday
Jan122018

High Surf Warning for Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8 PM

This is a High Surf message for Friday evening, January 12 at 8.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning for North and West facing shores of Hawaii Island tomorrow through the holiday weekend.  A High Surf Warning means there is a dangerous threat to life and property from the surf.

Surf is forecast to build up to 16 feet on West shores and 30 feet on North shores Saturday night, then gradually subside after Monday. The highest threat will coincide with the high tides, which occur at 2 AM and 1:30 PM Sunday.

Due to the High Surf Warning, the following are in effect:

  • Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf.
  • Boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property.
  • Closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice.

This message will be updated and you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your safety. Thank you for listening. Have a safe weekend, this is your Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency.