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Message from the Interim Chancellor on active shooter drill and moving forward

I ask that all members of our campus community take part in these emergency exercises and use these emergency exercises to prepare  ourselves in case a real-life emergency does occur.  

Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana:

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.I want to thank everyone for your understanding and patience with the cancellation of our active shooter drill that had been scheduled for February 22. Due to unexpected events taking place off campus, Hawai‘i Police Department officers were no longer available to assist us with our exercise and it was decided to postpone the drill.

At this time, a scaled down version of a drill is tentatively being scheduled for July. Since students and faculty will be away, the exercise will primarily involve staff members. A campus-wide drill will be conducted in the fall, and you will be informed when dates are confirmed.

I also want to convey that many shared their concerns about the active shooter drill, especially for our veterans on campus and those with PTSD. We are gathering these concerns and decisions will be made in conjunction with the Campus Crisis Management Team (CCMT). In particular, we will not engage in gunshot sounds without CCMT consultation. Please share any further concerns or questions with the CCMT, which is convened by Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs Kalei Rapoza.

Emergency exercises help to prepare us for emergency incidents with which we may be confronted. As interim chancellor, I ask that all members of our campus community take part in these emergency exercises and use these emergency exercises to prepare  ourselves in case a real-life emergency does occur.

As the semester quickly winds down, I wish everyone a successful close to the spring semester and the academic year.

Mahalo,
Marcia Sakai

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