Emergency Information

Be prepared

The 2015 Central Pacific Hurricane Season continues to be active. Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/) recommends residents and visitors take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone:

  • Talk with family members about what you plan to do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Make an action plan that includes details such as whether or not your family plans to evacuate.
  • Download the Ready Hawaiʻi app from the iTunes or Google Play! store. This app can aid in your emergency planning and will list shelters if they are opened for evacuation.
  • Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. If time and conditions permit, clear your gutters and other drainage systems.
  • Identify small outdoor items that could be picked up by high winds. Make a plan to bring these items indoors if a hurricane/tropical storm watch or warning is issued.
  • Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget seven days of food and water for your furry family members.
  • Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
  • Visitors should download and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at: http://www.travelsmarthawaii.com.


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

Severe Weather/Weather Disturbances

The University monitors the progress of weather disturbances and works with Hawaiʻi State and City Emergency Management Agencies to remain informed and prepare accordingly and communicate to our UHWO Community in a timely manner.

The National Hurricane Center website provides information on weather systems when they are located east of the 140 longitude.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center website provides information on weather systems when they are located west of the 140 longitude.

Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency's website provides emergency guidance and State news releases.

In the event of an emergency, this page will provide information about the nature of the incident, how to remain safe, and when status has returned to normal. 

When appropriate, the University will alert faculty, staff and students via email and/or UH Alert.


UH has a comprehensive system of emergency messaging called UH Alert.

Current capabilities include email, phone and SMS/text messaging for faculty and staff and email for students.

Students, faculty and staff may now sign up online to receive alerts via these channels.

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