Mānoa Campus Emergency Management Program
Hurricane Iniki Aftermath - September 1992
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 Hurricanes and Severe Storms
Hurricanes and Severe Storms
  1. The National Weather Service can usually forecast high winds, heavy rain, flooding, damaging surf and hurricanes with a high degree or accuracy.
  2. Warning
    1. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours. During a watch, listen to radio and television (TV) broadcasts and check the University of Hawai‘i Website.
    2. A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 mph or higher associated with a hurricane is expected within 24 hours. County Civil Defense sirens will sound. Continue to listen to radio and TV broadcasts and check the University of Hawai‘i Website.
    3. Hurricanes also produce coastal flooding. Therefore, all should plan for and be prepared to respond to coastal flooding as described in the Action Plan for Tsunami and Coastal Flooding.
  3. Required Actions
    1. If time and conditions permit, the University will convene its EMT and issue instructions via local radio, TV, email and telephone tree on whether classes and/or work schedules will be suspended. Designated and essential employees may be asked to report to their work site to implement emergency preparation and emergency/security duties.
    2. If severe winds or a flood watch occurs while class is in session, employees or visitors are on site, the following Emergency Actions should be followed:
      1. Seek shelter in designated buildings on Campus. A list of designated buildings with the specific rooms and areas that can be used will be made available after shelter surveys and requirements are completed in 2006.
      2. If a designated shelter is not available or shelter locations are unknown, students, staff and visitors should go to a designated County Civil Defense shelter. In the case of hurricanes or high winds where no known shelters are available, seek shelter in a large building and stay away from windows and exterior doors. In the case of possible flooding, leave basements or low lying buildings and go to designated shelters or to the upper floors for shelter. Do not seek shelter in basements of buildings unless it has been designated as a shelter.
      3. Persons responsible for buildings, classrooms or laboratories shall ensure that all handicapped persons have been assisted to reach a shelter or cover.
      4. Avoid gymnasiums and other structures with large roof spans. If in a best available building instead of a designated shelter, evacuate rooms subject to full force wind and remain near an inside wall away from windows. Close all windows and blinds.
      5. If available, check out mobile emergency pumping equipment. If time permits, check and clean out all building walkways and catch basins to keep debris to a minimum and permit free flow of water.
      6. Prior to an event, secure any latches and skylights. Remove or secure all outside staging/scaffolding/planking and other material that can blow away. Facilities shop personnel have trucks and equipment available to assist and can be reached at 956-7134. During or after the event, notify Facilities of any break, damage or suspected problem in any utility system.
      7. After winds have abated and an all clear notification has been given, secure damaged buildings to prevent further weather damage. If possible remove fallen trees, branches and debris from roads. This will allow safe access for emergency, fire and maintenance personnel. Call Facilities maintenance at 956-7134 or Campus Security at 956-6911 for assistance if necessary.
      8. Keep tuned to a local Emergency Alert System (EAS) radio station for the latest advisories.