H.R. NO.













requesting the adjutant general to identify the location of every pUBLIC safe room in Hawaii PROVIDING SUITABLE SHELTER from vog and develop plans to establish such safe rooms in additional areas that need them.




     WHEREAS, the ongoing eruption at Kilauea Volcano continues to spew thousands of tons of ash and dangerous sulfur dioxide gas daily; and   


     WHEREAS, when Kona weather with southerly winds settles in, various parts of Hawaii County are immersed in health-threatening vog that forms when sulfur dioxide mixes with sunlight and dust particles; and


     WHEREAS, the volume of vog in the air above many communities has jumped dramatically since March 2008, when the amount of sulfur dioxide spewing from Kilauea began to double; and


     WHEREAS, the noxious gases emitted from a volcano can settle on a community too quickly for the entire community to timely evacuate; and


     WHEREAS, in those situations, it would be more practical for residents to remain indoors, minimize outdoor activity, and seek shelter from volcanic emissions in safe rooms; and


     WHEREAS, safe rooms equipped with air conditioners and air purifiers can provide effective shelter from vog; and


     WHEREAS, a comprehensive account of every publicly accessible safe room providing suitable shelter from vog would greatly bolster vog-related preparation and response efforts; and

     WHEREAS, in addition to heading the state Department of Defense, the Adjutant General also serves as the state Director of Civil Defense pursuant to section 26-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and


     WHEREAS, the state Director of Civil Defense is responsible for coordinating the activities of all civil defense organizations in Hawaii, public or private, pursuant to section 128-3(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, that the Adjutant General is requested to:


(1)    Identify the location of every public safe room in Hawaii providing suitable shelter from vog; and


(2)    Develop plans to establish such safe rooms in additional areas that need them;




     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Adjutant General is requested to take steps to obtain funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for safe room air conditioners and air purifiers; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Adjutant General and the respective directors of each county civil defense agency in Hawaii.









Report Title: 

Vog; Safe Rooms