Mission Statement and Vision


To protect lives and property in the County of Kauaʻi by coordinating and integrating efforts among all levels of government and the private sector to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other threats and hazards.



The Kauaʻi Emergency Management Agency strives to actively promote and enhance whole-community preparedness, resilience and safety in the face of numerous threats, hazards and disasters that can potentially affect our island communities.


Monday, April 15, 2019
Siren Testing on Kauai - April 17 & 18, 2019

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), together with Kauai Emergency Management Agency, will conduct siren testing at the following locations between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

• Anini Beach Park, Anini
• Donkey Beach Parking Lot Area, Kealia
• Waipouli Waikaea, Kapaa
• Wailua Homestead Park, Wailua
• HP Faye Park, Kekaha
• Kaumakani Park, Kaumakani
• Omao Park, Omao

Residents nearby may hear the siren sound for 30-seconds to 3-minute intervals during the identified timeframe. Testing will include short blasts known as “burps”. During the tests, Emergency Management Officials and Technicians will be checking the functionality of the sirens.

Friday, March 29, 2019
New, upgraded sirens to be included as part of April 1 monthly siren testing on Kaua‘i

Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency and Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency officials are advising the public that as part of ongoing system upgrades and coverage expansion, several new Kaua‘i outdoor warning sirens will be included as part of the April 1, 2019, statewide outdoor warning siren test.

New coverage areas will be provided by sirens at Keālia Kai and Ōma‘o Park, while new, upgraded legacy siren replacements include Wailua Homesteads Park, Waipouli Waikaea Canal, Kaumakani Neighborhood Center and Kekaha Gardens.

Friday, March 29, 2019
Monthly Siren Test - Monday, April 1st at 11:45 am

The monthly test of the Statewide OutdoorWarning Siren System, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is  scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:45 a.m.

During this monthly test, all Statewide Outdoor Warning Sirens will sound a one-minute Attention Alert Signal (Steady Tone). A simultaneous test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System is conducted with the monthly siren sounding, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcast industry. There will be no exercise or drill accompanying the test.

The Outdoor Siren Warning System for Public Safety is one part of Hawaii’s Statewide Alert & Warning System used to notify the public during emergencies.
If you hear this siren tone in circumstances other than a test, follow emergency information and instructions provided by official government channels. This may be in the form of a local radio, television station broadcast, or cellular Wireless Emergency Alert.

Wireless Emergency Alert delivers sound-and-text warnings to compatible mobile cellular phones. The Emergency Alert System & Wireless Emergency Alert’s notifications are managed by FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure.

Monday, March 4, 2019
Mayor Kawakami signs seventh supplementary emergency proclamation, extends rule and order

Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami has signed a seventh supplementary emergency proclamation on Monday, March 4, for the County of Kaua‘i, extending the emergency relief period for damages sustained during the flood of April 2018.

The mayor’s seventh supplementary emergency proclamation further declares the provisions of all previous emergency proclamations. The disaster emergency relief period shall now continue until terminated 60 days after March 4, 2019, or by a separate proclamation – whichever comes first.

This proclamation also extends an emergency rule and order (Rule #1) prohibiting the operation of Transient Vacation Rentals (TVRs) in the Lumaha‘i, Wainiha, and Hā‘ena area, and limiting the accessibility to said area.

As a result of Rule #1, which has been in effect since May 4, 2018, Mayor Kawakami in his seventh supplementary emergency proclamation has alleviated the requirements of the Kaua‘i County Code Section 8-13.2(b) and Section 8-17.10(h) for owners or lessees of nonconforming TVRs who had valid nonconforming use certificates at the time Rule #1 was implemented. This means that valid TVRs in the affected area that were unable to operate in 2018 due to Rule #1, will still be allowed to renew their use-certificates for 2019.

Contact Information

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Elton Ushio

Kauai Emergency Management Agency
3990 Kaana Street, Suite 100
Lihue, Hawaii, 96766

Phone: (808) 241-1800
Fax: (808) 241-1860
Email: kema@kauai.gov

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