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Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawaiʻi - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has received federal recognition for its efforts to protect visitors and staff from weather-related and natural hazards from shoreline to summit.
Park officials worked closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Honolulu to meet standards set forth by the NWS StormReady/TsunamiReady program.
"Our emergency plan is quite unique and challenging because the park encompasses a landscape that ranges from 32 miles of coastline, to the slopes and summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet," said Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno.
The park's coastal areas and Mauna Loa attract day visitors as well as campers and backpackers drawn to remote wilderness. The safety plan includes identifying tsunami inundation zones and marking them; new signage along the coastline; and revised literature in coastal area shelters. For Mauna Loa, the park developed a road and trail closure system based on NWS forecast models.
For more information on the park's current and past weather conditions, visit http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/weather.htm. Visit www.stormready.noaa.gov for more information about the NWS TsunamiReady and StormReady programs.