Accessed on 04 May 2018, 0456 UTC, Post #545.
Remember all of those emergency drills Amateur Radio operators experienced over the past few years? Lessons learned from those practice emergency communications exercises will probably come in handy in the coming days as lava erupted from the Kilauea East Rift Zone Thursday morning (03 May 2018) and forced an evacuation from the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision. If you are a member of a Hawaii Island Amateur Radio club, you could be called to render communications support if the county needs your help. I expect our local ARES/RACES groups are preparing for such an eventuality if the eruption worsens. Be sure you have a “go-kit”, basic survival supplies, and portable shelter should the need to evacuate affect you. Red Cross shelters have been set up in Pahoa and at the Keaau Community Center. You, as a licensed ARES/RACES member, could be assigned to a shelter or medical facility if Hawaii County deems it necessary.
I just got word from Rick (AH6RK) that the Hawaii Island VOAD repeater is up and running for the eruption and lava emergency. Here’s Rick’s comment:
VOAD repeater is activated for eruption emergency
8:16 PM (10 minutes ago)
146.72 mhz, tone 100 hz
73, Rick AH6RK
Here’s the current evacuation notice as reported by the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” this evening:
“Hawaii County Civil Defense has ordered all residents of the Leilani Estates subdivision as well as Lanipuna Gardens to evacuate the area. An evacuation point has been established at Pahoa Regional Community Center. County spokesperson Janet Snyder said Keaau Community Center will also open as an evacuation point.
Evacuees are advised to bring an emergency evacuation supply kit including medicine, food and other essential items.
The intersections of Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road, Highway 137 and Pohiki Road, and Highway 130 and Leilani Boulevard are closed as the evacuation proceeds.
The Office of the Mayor advises all residents, particularly those within the East Rift Zone, to stay alert, as volcanic activities can take place with little to no warning. While lava and fire pose obvious threats, residents should also be aware of smoke, tremors, poor air quality and the potential for methane gas explosions.
Residents should make sure they have an emergency plan and discuss it with their families. Residents should listen to the radio for future updates, and report any unusual events to Civil Defense at 935-0031.
Emergency warning sirens will sound to alert residents to check the radio.
Hawaii police chief Paul Ferreira has urged residents to not attempt to approach Leilani Estates to view the lava, as doing so impedes police work and the evacuation effort.
Puna Geothermal Venture is shutting down operations as part of its emergency plan.
This story will be updated.”
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Aloha es 73 de
Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Coordinator
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section