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Public Outreach

The Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) conducts natural hazards educational programs for several different groups: community associations, schoolchildren, schoolteachers, and the general public. The subjects covered are: earthquakes, lava flows, tsunamis, floods, landslides, and hurricanes.

Our presentations are interesting and informative, featuring knowledgeable speakers. We provide displays and models, hands-on demonstrations, and printed materials to take home. Besides explaining the nature of the hazard and its effects, we describe practical things you can do in advance that will lessen the impact when disaster strikes--thus protecting yourself, your family, and your property from harm. For more detailed information on mitigation, please visit our Natural Hazards web page.

Items spread about a room in dissaray
Learn how to prevent earthquake damage.
Broken Television lying on a floor face down.  Photo by Don Davis
Secure your TV set now, before an earthquake.

Visiting Schools

Visiting Schools is our most popular program. Trained CSAV staff members go out to 4th grade classrooms throughout the Big Island and present information on earthquakes and tsunamis. Students in 6th grade classes enjoy CSAV presentations about lava hazards and how to mitigate the effects. And 8th graders throughout the island hear a talk about hurricanes and flash floods. All of these presentations include demonstrations and audience participation. Contact us for a Big Island visit!

David Carvalho visits a school
David Carvalho visits Waikoloa Elementary.

Public Seminars

Public Seminars produced by CSAV are held twice a year at the UH Hilo Campus Center Auditorium. These Saturday morning seminars feature a variety of speakers giving 20-minute presentations, and the audience is invited to ask questions and visit Resource Booths after. The seminars are free and everyone is welcome; check the Natural Hazards web page for upcoming dates.

Public CSAV seminar
Scientists present info at a CSAV seminar.
Harry Kim addresses the crowd at a podium
Harry Kim describes Civil Defense.

Community Association Visits

Community Association Visits are an effective way in which CSAV keeps the public informed about earthquakes and mitigation measures. A knowledgeable speaker from the CSAV staff is available to visit your community association or similar group. After reviewing the nature of earthquakes in general, the speaker will describe ways to strengthen your home against future earthquakes, thus greatly lessening the damage.

Jim Kauahikaua greets members of the community
In Hawi, Jim Kauahikaua greets members of the community.
Puna Community Association
Don Thomas describes how to strengthen an older post-and-pier foundation to a community group in lower Puna.

Teacher Training Workshops

Teacher Training Workshops are the most far-reaching of CSAV's natural hazards educational programs, because the teachers trained will pass the information on to their students for many years to come. Teachers who attend these workshops attend a morning seminar, then meet in the afternoon to discuss how to apply the information back in their classrooms and to develop lesson plans; two weeks later, they meet again to analyze how the plans worked and to share ideas with one another.

Dave Phillips demonstrates a Total Field Station
Dave Phillips explains deformation monitoring to a middle school teacher.
Julie Williams
Julie Williams and school teachers on the Big Island consider ways to teach students about tsunamis.