Hawaii ARES Volunteers Firming Up Plans for Possible Lava Flow Activation


Hawaii ARES Volunteers Firming Up Plans for Possible Lava Flow Activation

TAGS: amateur radio, ARRL Pacific Section, Big Island, conventional telecommunication systems, emergency operations center, Ham Aid kits, Hurricane Ana, lava flow, Manager Bob Schneider, radio emergency service

10/29/2014

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers on the Big Island of Hawaii are putting plans in place in case they need to activate in response to the Puna lava flow, reported today (October 29) to be 100 yards from the nearest home and with another 40 to 50 homes in its path. On October 28, the lava claimed its first structure — a shed in Pahoa. The lava originated from new “vents” in the Earth as a result of the Mt Kilauea volcano, which began erupting more than 30 years ago. After grinding to a halt nearly a month ago, the lava flow recently resumed its slow and devastating crawl toward populated areas. Residents in the path of the flow have been notified of a possible need to evacuate, and an evacuation advisory for down-slope residents remains in effect.

Lava flows are nothing new to many Hawaiians; ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, has called them “a slow-motion disaster.” In September ARRL deployed Ham Aid kits to Hawaii for a possible lava flow response then. As it turned out, ARES members there needed the gear for Hurricane Ana first, since the lava flow had abated by the time the equipment got to Hawaii.

 

via Hawaii ARES Volunteers Firming Up Plans for Possible Lava Flow Activation.

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According to ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider (AH6J), ARES volunteers are firming up plans in case they are activated by Hawaii County Civil Defense in response to a lava flow that threatens to cover parts of Pahoa on Hawaii Island.  The ARRL-deployed “Ham Aid Kits” sent to Hawaii Island in September were first used during the Hurricane Ana emergency, and will now be used to support emergency communications during the lava flow danger.  We lead exciting lives in the Central Pacific–two hurricanes, some earthquakes, and now a lava flow–all within a span of two months.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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