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, February 3, 2020
Monthly Siren Test - Monday, February 3rd at 11:45 am

The monthly test of the all-hazard Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2020 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 Hawai'i’s broadcast industry. There will be no exercise or drill accompanying the test.

The all-hazard Outdoor Siren Warning System for Public Safety is one part of Hawai'i’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, and/or cellular Wireless Emergency Alert.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
NWS implements new Impact-Based Flash Flood Warning Format

The public is advised that starting early January, the National Weather Service (NWS) will no longer issue the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) for base-level Flash Flood Warnings. As such, the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency is encouraging all Kaua‘i residents to sign up for Blackboard Connect, the county’s emergency notification service, if you wish to be alerted when Flash Flood Warnings of all levels are issued.

The change comes on the heels of the NWS’s recently implemented “Impact-Based Warning” format which now categorizes Flash Flood Warnings into three threat levels: base, considerable, and catastrophic.

The NWS will issue its Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) – the federal wireless phone notification system – for considerable and catastrophic level events only. The NWS will no longer issue a WEA for a base level event.

However, the nation’s public Emergency Alert System (EAS) will continue to transmit to television, radio stations, and NOAA weather radios, for all threat-level events including base-level events.

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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