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