How is the County planning for recovery?
Hawai‘i County, with assistance from Tetra Tech, is developing a Recovery Strategic Plan that is expected to be drafted around the end of 2019.
The plan will identify solutions, near and long-term implementation actions, and financing strategies focused on housing, infrastructure, resource protection and economic well-being. Interim recovery actions are being identified ahead of the plan's completion. Tetra Tech also is contracted to create a Volcanic Risk Mitigation Strategy.
In addition, the County contracted with the Institute for Sustainable Development to create an Economic Recovery Plan for Hawai‘i Island.
How long does recovery take?
Recovery is a long-term, iterative process – meaning that recovery takes place in multiple phases, with each phase informing activities in subsequent phases. Recovery can take anywhere from 5-10 years, depending on the scale and duration of the disaster.
The 2018 Kīlauea Eruption in the Lower East Rift Zone was unprecedented in scale and speed, resulting in extensive displacement of families and businesses, and the disruption of businesses throughout the Island of Hawaiʻi.
Recovery began in June 2018 and will involve continuing efforts to meet immediate and near-term needs, as well as long-term planning and implementation.
Events and impacts of this magnitude result in a "new normal" and present an opportunity to refresh and renew families, communities, and the environment.
How can I help with recovery?
Visit our 'Connect' page for specific ways to support ongoing recovery efforts.