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Evacuation Drill (Building D) on September 30, 2016

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month. UH West O'ahu will conduct a test of its emergency communications and evacuation procedures this Friday, September 30, at 10 a.m. Only the Classroom Building (D building) will be evacuated via a scheduled fire alarm. If you are in D
building when the alarm is activated, please evacuate to the Great Lawn. Do not linger in other areas.

As a reminder, when UH West O'ahu is not in evacuation training mode, any time you hear an audible alarm activated in your building, please evacuate to the Great Lawn.

During the evacuation drill, a UH Alert email message will go out to all students, faculty, and staff, and UH Alert text messages will be sent to those who have signed up to receive emergency text messages at
http://www.hawaii.edu/alert. All members of the UH West O'ahu community are urged to sign up to receive these opt-in text messages.

The UHWO homepage and UHWO social media pages will be also updated to reflect the test and evacuation drill.

Evacuation Procedures

Per our Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide, UH West O'ahu’s evacuation procedures are as follows:

  • Remain calm. Leave your area quickly by walking to the nearest exit. Do not use elevators.
  • Only take essential personal possessions when leaving the building. Take items such as cell phones, car keys, and handbags in case the building is shut down and you are not able to re-enter the building.
  • Close doors behind you when leaving. Check to make sure everyone is out of the room before closing the door.
  • Evacuate to the Great Lawn. Be prepared to relocate if instructed to do so by Campus Security or Emergency Responders. If the meeting place is downwind of smoke or fumes, relocate to an upwind location. The evacuation map can be found on page 11 of the Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide (http://www.uhwo.hawaii.edu/default/assets/File/uhwo_emergency_procedures.pdf)
  • Await further instruction from Campus Security or Campus Administration

Additionally, here are pre-planning tips:

  • Know all exit locations in a building. Most people recall the way they entered the building, but if this entry/exit is blocked or overcrowded, it is important to know an alternate exit location. If you find yourself in a building you’re unfamiliar with, follow the overhead exit signs.
  • Have a pre-designated meeting place for everyone in your office or classroom.
  • Know who is not present for the day so that they can be accounted for at the designated meeting place.
  • If an evacuation is necessary, the building can be evacuated either by the fire alarm being sounded or by instruction to leave by Campus Security, Campus Administration through UH Alert, or emergency response personnel. Alarm-pull stations, extinguishers, AEDs, and exit locations are identified on the floor plans posted in each building near the elevator.

Evacuation of Individuals with Disabilities 

On pages 11-12 of the Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide.

Preplan:

  • Individuals with disabilities should prepare for emergencies ahead of time by discussing their evacuation needs with the appropriate personnel.
  • Students with disabilities are also encouraged to discuss evacuation plans or other emergency needs with their instructors and/or classmates.
  • Individuals who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle or have other means of attracting attention of others.

In an evacuation:

  • Individuals with disabilities who cannot evacuate on their own or cannot be evacuated should stay in an exit corridor or in a stairwell landing.
  • Don’t assume that emergency responders know where you are. Call 911. Continue to call for help until you are rescued.
  • When assisting an individual with a disability during an evacuation, ask, “What is the best way I can help you?"

Individuals who are visually-impaired or blind – Announce the type of emergency, offer your arm for mobility assistance, tell the individual where you are going, ask if further help is needed once you reach safety, and announce to the individual where you are located when you reach your destination. If possible, stabilize the individual against something sturdy.

Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing – Turn lights on/off to gain the individual’s attention, indicate directions with gestures, or write a note with evacuation directions and assist to safety as needed. If you speak to the individual, do not yell, but ensure that the individual has a clear, direct line of sight to you.

Individuals using crutches, canes, or walkers – Assist and accompany to the evacuation site if possible, or use a sturdy chair (or one with wheels) to move the individual, or help carry the individual to safety.

Wheelchair users – Check with the individual on their preference, determine if an evacuation chair is available, remove any immediate dangers, and immediately advise arriving first responders of special evacuation cases. Keep in mind that stairwells may be safer than hallways.

If you have any questions about other considerations for individuals with disabilities, please contact the UHWO ADA Coordinator at 808-689-2675.

Please adjust your schedules accordingly for this Friday's, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. evacuation drill. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.

GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION

Be AWARE: Crime occurs when there is opportunity, so limit the risk.

  • Don’t leave your valuables unattended or unsecured.
  • Lock your office doors when you step out of your office or leave for the day.
  • Avoid risky situations; take notice of your surroundings.

Be ALERT: Stay current on the latest risks and vulnerabilities

  • Notice if there are signs of suspicious activity (blocking of doors or exits, pry marks, tampering) or suspicious people hanging around your area.
  • Sign up for UH Alert Emergency Notifications at https://www.hawaii.edu/alert/

Be SAFE: Keep at a safe distance if you encounter a potential danger.

  • Don’t confront or corner a suspicious person or persons.
  • Make note of physical description and actions of the person(s).
  • After dark, walk with friends or call Campus Security for an escort 689-2911

REPORT: If you observe a suspicious person or activity, contact Campus Security immediately to report the activity.

  • Program into your phone the UH West Oʻahu Campus Security number: 689-2911
  • Use one of the Emergency Call Boxes (blue light) located on campus, these connect directly to the security officer.
  • If a serious crime is occurring near campus, call the Honolulu Police Department: 911

Emergency Response Poster

The printed copies of this poster are displayed around the UH West O‘ahu campus. Most are located in classrooms, laborartories and other indoor spaces adjacent to an exit. You can also download a digital version below.

Emergency Response Poster display