Mānoa Campus Emergency Management Program
UH Lab School Fire Aftermath - June 2006, photo taken by Aaron Lee   UH Lab School Fire - June 2006, photo taken by Aaron Lee
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Current Issues - What's New

The following Emergency Management issues are currently being addressed:
  • Individual College/School/Department Emergency Plans and Procedures The requirement has been identified and each individual College, School and Department has been tasked and is required to establish or update individual emergency plans and/or procedures. The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene in conjunction with the Emergency Management Program are writing guidelines that the rest of the University Community can use. It is recommended that Colleges, Schools, and Departments use these guidelines to write or update their emergency plans/procedures. Please call Jimmy Lagunero, UHM Emergency Management Coordinator, if you need assistance with your emergency plans or have any questions.
  • Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) FEMA has established guidelines to establish continuity of operations plans that can be used during and after an emergency/disaster. The need for and importance of COOP was proven after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. As a government agency, the University must plan for the worst and be prepared for disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. The Emergency Management Program in conjunction with the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene have completed the Guideline for Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) which can be found in the link on Emergency Information. It is recommended that Colleges, Schools and Departments use these guidelines to write or update their Continuity of Operations Plans.
  • Emergency Response Center - Conference Room 309 in Hawai‘i Hall will serve as the Emergency Response Center (ERC) for the Mānoa Campus. Actions are being taken to equip the Mānoa ERC with telecommunications capability, equipment and emergency supplies. The plan includes the formulation of a budget for the Emergency Management Program and the planning for the construction of a permanent ERC in the planned Information Technology Services Building.
  • Campus Shelters - Eleven buildings on the Manoa Campus were surveyed as possible shelters in 1992 and 1996. However, these buildings did not meet the emergency shelter criteria at that time and required costly retrofits and trained shelter managers. Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed new shelter criteria as a result of their hurricane experience in Florida. We were fortunate in 2005 and 2006 to be included in a FEMA funded program to re-survey the buildings that were originally funded in 1992/1996 and to survey an additional three buildings. We are also awaiting additional FEMA funding to survey two additional UHM and two East West Center buildings. Estimates to retrofit all UHM buildings have been made and the next step is to obtain funding. With the help of State Civil Defense (SCD), the State has provided limited funding to start the UHM Shelter Program. The Emergency Management Program will be working closely with SCD and the UHM Facilities Management Office to contract out the retrofitting. A new link on the UHM Shelter Program is being designed.
  • Emergency Response Plan (ERP) - The Mānoa ERP was revised in October 2006 and placed in the new Emergency Management website. The revision included the addition of Action Plans for different types of emergencies and disasters. Additions to the ERP are still required and are being worked on. Revisions will be submitted and made as required, but not less than on an annual basis in the month of August. Any comments or suggestions on the ERP or the Emergency Management Program should be submitted to the UHM Emergency Management Coordinator.