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New Vog Help line

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Are you concerned about the daily sulfur dioxide and particulate levels on the island of Hawaii? The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) announced the introduction of the new Hawaii Volcano help line where the public can obtain up-to-date information on vog and volcanic emissions.

The help line has trained professional standing by to answer your questions from Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. To 5 p.m. and on weekends the service is available from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The call center's staff is made up of health information providers who have been trained in public health emergency service information. Also, recorded messages, that are updated daily at 7 a.m., are easily accessible seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including holidays.

"The Volcano help line was established to provide immediate information for residents and visitors to Hawaii," said Laurence Lau, Deputy Director for Environmental Health. "with the recent increased emissions from Halema'uma'u crater and Pu'u O'o vent, getting accurate and real time information to the residents and visitors in Hawaii is a priority."

The DOH continues to work closely with county, state and federal agencies in dealing with this emerging and ever-changing public health issue. The Volcano help line is sponsored by the Department of Health and operated by the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center.

For additional information on vog, go to http://hawaii.gov/gov/vog.

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