Lava Flow Updates for Members

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DOE readies Kea‘au and Pahoa area schools for lava flow
Plans have been shared with parents at all three schools via letters and school meetings.

If you feel that your safety or your rights are being violated, please contact your UniServ Director.

DOE readies Kea‘au and Pahoa area schools for lava flow
Plans have been shared with parents at all three schools via letters and school meetings.

DOE rendering of the plan.

DOE clarification on ranking geographic preferences

The following clarification is provided regarding the Emergency Assignment Declaration of Residency and Location Preference Form For School Year (SY) 2014-2015 (“the form”).

Employees may indicate up to three (3) geographic preferences by ranking first, second, and third.
Employees are not required to rank all three (3).  If an employee does not indicate a geographic preference, his/her assignment will be based on the declared residence.

A geographic worksite preference different from the declared residence may result in an emergency assignment to that area should a staffing need exist.

Be Prepared, Stay Informed:
Please remain vigilant in your preparation and planning and do not become complacent due to changes in the eruption status. Listen to the latest County Civil Defense messages on the radio, visit the Civil Defense Web site daily, and follow the instructions. Please also visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Web site for daily flow updates.
Hawaii County Civil Defense Web site
USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness

Get a disaster kit.  Every family should have their own disaster kit.  As other emergency response organizations have reported, families are asked to bring their own disaster supplies kit to a shelter, if asked to evacuate. Have 7 days’ worth of supplies at home to shelter in place or in a compact portable container to take to a shelter. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).

Water - 1 gallon per person per day

Food - non-perishable


Radio -NOAA Weather Radio

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications & Medical items

Manual Can opener

Multi-purpose tool

Personal hygiene items

Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity

Cell phone with chargers

Family Contact Information



Change of clothes



You may also need:

Baby supplies - bottles, baby food & diapers

Games and activities

Comfort items

Pet supplies - collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications

Make a plan. All members of the household should work together on the family disaster plan.  A Family Disaster Plan Template is available on that people can download and complete to make or update their plan. Planning together is important so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something occurs. The plan should include ways to contact and find one another in an emergency, including two places to meet – one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire - and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home.  Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person.  It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Coping with stress and trauma on the UH for Puna Website.
University of Hawaii - Hilo