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Hawaii Island members:

Kilauea’s recent eruption has resulted in volcanic ash falling over parts of Hawaii Island.

If you have asthma or chronic respiratory symptoms, please take the following steps:

  • Monitor the Hawaii State Department of Health website for updates on vog and volcanic emissions.
  • Consider using an N95-rated respirator/mask. These are typically available at hardware stores, as they’re sometimes used by professional painters.
  • If symptoms begin to flare up, stay indoors and, if available, turn the air conditioning on. You may also consider using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
  • Make sure you have a supply of a rescue albuterol inhaler on hand.
  • Continue any chronic asthma controller medications as normal.

If there is volcanic ash in your area, we recommend that you stay indoors with air conditioning and a HEPA filter, whenever possible.

You can also call us 24/7 for medical advice:

Hawaii Island: 808-334-4400
Maui: 808-243-6000
Oahu: 808-432-2000
Kauai: 808-246-5600
TTY: 711

For more information, download Health Hazards of Volcanic Ash guide from International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN).