UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC communities are encouraged to visit information web page on Puna lava flow

Hilo sealThe University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College have created a web page entitled, “Joint UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi CC Information on the 2014 Puna Lava Flow,” to disseminate information to the university and college communities.

Sept. 16 message from Chancellor Straney and Chancellor Yamane:

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College are closely monitoring the June 27th lava flow from Kīlauea and are currently formulating contingency plans to address various issues that may arise.

At present, both campuses are planning for classes to continue as scheduled. We are talking with faculty and staff about what we can do for people who cannot make it to class if roads are cut off by lava flows. We are also reviewing options to accommodate students who cannot similarly attend class.

While the future flow, direction and impact of the lava is uncertain, we encourage everyone who may be affected to review their personal emergency plans and preparations, which may include taking steps to secure alternative housing.

We are coordinating efforts with Civil Defense and the Red Cross regarding disaster relief efforts. When the needs become clear, we will be part of the community response to ease this burden on our people in Puna.

Updates and information will be posted online at hilo.hawaii.edu/puna-lava-flow/.

In the meantime, please keep yourself informed by listening to the latest Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense messages and following their instructions. For the latest eruption information visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

Members of the university and college communities who live in the affected areas in Puna are encouraged to visit the the information page daily for possible updates.

For more information, contact Jerry Chang, director of University Relations.