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Hawaii is represented in the Oil Spill Task Force by the Hazardous Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office, which serves the people of the State of Hawaii by addressing all aspects of releases of hazardous substances including oil into the environment.  Our work includes preventing, planning for, and responding to hazardous substance releases or risks of releases.  The HEER Office accomplishes this mission by addressing contaminated sites with the highest risk to human health and the environment first, preventing contamination rather than cleaning up after the fact, and basing decisions on sound scientific principles and common sense.

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We'll be hosting a community meeting on July 24, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Kaua‘i District Health Office about our recent water quality study showing that high bacteria counts in #Kauai watersheds are not associated with human waste. Find more details at health.hawaii.gov/news/files/2019/07/19-048-DOH_PhyloChip-Study-Community-Meeting-NR-FINAL-070819...

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Starting on July 18, qualifying patients will be allowed to renew their medical cannabis certification cards for up to two years. Learn about the requirements & read the news release posted at health.hawaii.gov/news/. Find this & other program updates at health.hawaii.gov/medicalcannabisregistry/ ...

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As the #MauiFire continues, residents & visitors should take precautions to protect themselves from elevated levels of fine particulates caused by the #wildfire. This can result in breathing problems for individuals, especially those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.

View current air quality conditions at air.doh.hawaii.gov/home/map & find health recommendations posted at health.hawaii.gov/news/files/2019/07/19-050-DOH_Maui-Brush-Fire-NR-FINAL-071219.pdf

Visit the County of Maui Facebook page for the latest updates on the wildfire.

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With the help of Berkeley Lab, our Clean Water Branch found that high bacteria counts historically observed in the Mahaulepu & Waikomo watersheds on #Kauai are not associated with human waste. Learn about the new study findings & read the news release at health.hawaii.gov/news/

To view the entire study, you can find it posted at health.hawaii.gov/cwb/clean-water-branch-home-page/water-quality-references/

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Are you ready for hurricane season? According to U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), it's going to be a busy one for the Central Pacific. Be prepared and check out recommendations from Prepare NOW Hawaii at health.hawaii.gov/prepareJune 1 marks the beginning of the Central Pacific hurricane season, which runs until November 30. No one knows if our islands will be struck again by devastating winds like with Hurricane Iniki in 1992, or torrential rain like with Hurricane Lane last year, so the best thing to do is to make sure you and your family are prepared for hurricanes and other emergencies.

Because of our state’s isolation, we are vulnerable to shortages if our infrastructure is damaged by a hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, or other disaster. That’s why all Hawaii residents are recommended to have an emergency kit with enough water, food, medicine, and other essentials that will last AT LEAST TWO WEEKS. Putting this all together a day or two before a storm hits is too late.

It’s also important to know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane or other emergency. For more information on emergency kits, hurricane season, and disaster preparedness, visit us at:

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