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 Tsunami and Coastal Flooding
Tsunami and Coastal Flooding
  1. The island of O‘ahu is highly susceptible to tsunami and coastal flooding as these events have occurred many times in the past. Coastal areas where University facilities and vessels are located may be affected. Coastal flooding is also associated with hurricanes, high surf and severe storms.
  2. Warning
    1. A local earthquake of high magnitude in the Hawaiian area may generate a tsunami where no warning is provided.
    2. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on O‘ahu provides the initial warning to the public via State and County Civil Defense Agencies and their EAS radio and television stations.
    3. When a Tsunami Warning is issued, the County Civil Defense Agency will sound emergency sirens. The EAS will carry official tsunami advisories and provide shoreline evacuation instructions.
    4. Coastal flood and storm surge warnings associated with hurricanes may be issued by the National Weather Service.
  3. Required Actions
    1. Tsunami - The estimated time of arrival will dictate the course of action to be taken. The person in charge at the affected facility shall initiate the following emergency actions:
      1. For facilities on the shoreline or low-lying coastal areas – If the ground shakes or the ocean suddenly withdraws or surges inland unusually, move to high ground immediately. Do not delay egress to listen to radio, TV or EMT instructions.
      2. Order alert warning and/or evacuation of John A. Burns School of Medicine, Waikīkī Aquarium, University Marine Center (Pier 45, Snug Harbor), Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (Coconut Island), Kewalo Basin, and Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (Makai Pier).
      3. Implement local emergency plans. Assure that safety of all personnel and animals are considered.
      4. Remove or secure loose equipment and material.
    2. Coastal Flooding – The magnitude and location of possible tsunami, storm surges or hurricanes that result in coastal flooding will dictate the course of action to be taken. The person in charge at the affected facility shall initiate emergency actions.
      1. Implement local emergency plans. Assure that safety of all personnel and animals are considered.
      2. Remove or secure loose equipment and material.
      3. Travel to and from all University facilities must be carefully considered if roads are flooded. It may be safer to stay at home or at the facility if flooding has already occurred or flash flood warnings have been issued.