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Pu'u O'o lava flow 1.7 miles from Fern Acres. No immediate threat. But we need to prepare.
Briefing by HVO and Hawaii Civil Defense 4/10/14
The meeting we had at the Mountain View Elementary School last night shed light on the status of the current lava flow from the Kahauale'a 2. According to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory and our Hawaii Civil Defense there is no immediate threat of lava entering our community or of a fire at this time. However if we experience a dry summer a wild fire maybe a potential issue and the likeliest emergency we will face.
The current lava flow appears to be down hill from us at a distance of about 1.7 miles. This flow has been active for 31 years now and is very unpredictable. The flow has taken several postures over the years and seems to be moving very, very slowly toward Ainaloa and Hwy 130 if it continues it's present course.
FACA will be forming an ad hoc committee and encourages anyone living here to participate. Several of our community members have recently attended the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on community preparedness for emergencies and have information to share. We will be discussing ways we can help our selves and begin to identify possible routes directly to the forrest reserve the first responders will take to assist us, if and when we have a forrest fire threat. We also want to begin discussion on how we can assist each other in case a full evacuation becomes necessary.
We want to identify possible private roadways now that will allow our County Fire Department trucks and heavy equipment gain access to the reserve area should it become necessary to create a buffer between our community and a forrest fire. If you are a lot owner on the very back side of our Fern Acres subdivision bordering the forrest reserve please get in touch with our FACA office PH. 968-6006. If you have a dozer or heavy equipment of any kind please let us know if you will be willing to assist in an emergency.
1- If you do not know your neighbors within a few hundred feet radius now is a good time to make that effort.
2- Have a family discussion regarding an emergency plan. Go over the what if scenario's.
3- Look around your home to identify combustibles and anything that may fuel a fire. Keep them away from your main dwellings.
4- Think about an escape route, check out the side streets and back roads in the community if you have not done so to date. Some of your neighbors already have cut private roads into Hawaiian Acres from their Fern Acres lot on the South and to Kopua Farm lots to the South. Get to know them it may help should you and your family need an alternative escape route.
5- Call our community association office at PH. 968-6006 to let us know if you have a special needs person at home alone or other person's that are disabled. We will provide this information to the first responders.
6- Call the FACA office also if you are an able bodied person willing to assist our Volunteer Fire Department. We can use your help in case of an emergency.
For more specific information and maps on the Kahauale'a lava from the USGS click here
For general information about disaster preparedness click here to go to the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) site.
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