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MEMA sends aid for Hawaii volcano disaster

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Last week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) sent help to Hawaii.

MEMA External Affairs Director Greg Flynn has been deployed to Hilo, Hawaii for 30 days to support the ongoing recovery efforts from the Mt. Kilauea volcano eruption and ensuing lava flow disaster.

Mt. Kilauea, considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted and began spewing lava back in May. Since it first erupted, the lava from Kilauea has now destroyed 700 homes in the area.

Back in June, lava from the Kilauea eruption boiled away Green Lake, Hawaii’s largest freshwater lake, in just a matter of hours.

Flynn has extensive EMAC experience having been previously deployed to the states of Iowa, Kentucky, Florida and New Jersey for various disasters.

The request for support was made to Mississippi through the National Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

* The deployment took place before Tropical Storm Gordon.

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