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HVNP earns ‘TsunamiReady / StormReady’ designation

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Emergency Operations Coordinator John Broward (left) and Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno (right) were instrumental in helping the park achieve its TsunamiReady / StormReady designation. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Geiger | NPS)


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,” Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno said.

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:

For more information about the NWS TsunamiReady and StormReady programs, visit:

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