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  1. War is a state of open, armed conflict between nations, states and parties. The constitution requires Congress to officially declare war for our country to be at war. Hawai‘i is located in a strategic and vulnerable location in the Pacific Ocean and could be seriously affected if war was declared.

    Terrorism is the use of violence, terror and intimidation by a nation, state or party. It is an activity that can occur anywhere in the United States as terrorist attacks in Oklahoma and New York have shown. It has become a costly and difficult task for government agencies to protect themselves from the threat of terrorism. The University of Hawai‘i is responsible for improving its campus security program and emergency preparedness plans to address the possibility of terrorist attack at its facilities.
  2. Warning
    1. The declaration of war and its activities will be widely reported in the media. Advisories and warnings will be provided by Federal, State and County governments through the media and EAS.
    2. The Federal Government has set up a homeland warning system based on threat level. Hawaii State Civil Defense (SCD) has modified the Federal System and established a Hawai‘i Homeland Security Advisory System and has it printed in the each County telephone book. Both systems use similar color coded threat levels to aid in the warning process.
    3. Changes in threat levels are announced by the Federal Government via the media. Any State changes to or differences from the Federal threat level warnings will be announced via the media by the Governor.
  3. Required Actions
    1. All students and employees of the University should read and understand the Hawai‘i Homeland Security Advisory System printed in the telephone book. It also provides advice on household and neighborhood preparedness. Information on this system can also be found on the SCD website at hawaii.scd.gov.
      1. Hawai‘i Homeland Security Advisory System.
        1. Green – Low risk of terrorist attacks.
        2. Blue – Guarded general risk of terrorist attacks.
        3. Yellow – Elevated significant risk of terrorist attacks.
        4. Orange – High risk of terrorist attacks.
        5. Red – Severe risk of terrorist attacks.
        6. Black – A terrorism incident has occurred in Hawai‘i.
      2. Listen for the County alarm system and turn on radio or television to the EAS and listen to the advisories and precautions given by Federal and State authorities.
    2. The EMT will consult with SCD and the Governor to decide what advisory and precautionary actions should be taken. The EMT Executive will issue directives via the University website, Campus Security website and through the Director of Communications to the media.
      1. Put Emergency Action Plans into effect.
        1. If required, suspend classes, operations and research.
        2. Personnel that are required to work and/or remain on campus are identified in UHM and Departmental Action Plans.
        3. Activate procedures to minimize injury and the possibility of being struck by flying glass and debris.
      2. Ensure that all handicapped persons are apprised of the nature of the activity or threat and are provided assistance if evacuation or sheltering is necessary.
      3. Activate Campus Shelters as required.
        1. Assure that all activated shelters have Shelter Managers on site.
        2. Assure that all Shelter Managers complete their required reports to the EMT.
      4. Provide UHM Status Reports to the SCD at 6 AM and throughout the day at every 6th hour.
    3. Fallout Shelters
      1. Fallout shelters are identified in the UHM ERP and may be used if radiation fallout or a nuclear blast occurs.
      2. The Action Plan for fallout shelters will be activated when directed by the EMT Executive.