UH facilities on Hawai‘i Island to reopen [posted Aug. 31, 3 p.m.]

Based on current conditions, all UH facilities on Hawai‘i Island plan to reopen tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 1, after being closed Wednesday, Aug. 31 due to severe weather.

If the situation for Sept. 1 changes, UH will issue an update via email and UH alert text messaging.
Please continue to monitor the National Weather Service and local media.

Facilities on all other islands remain open and were not affected, except for UH Maui College Hana Education Center, that will close 5 p.m. Aug. 31 until further notice, due to power failure.
Severe Weather Update [posted Aug. 31, 11 a.m.]
UH will update closure information related to Hurricane Madeline this afternoon (8/31) pending latest reports from state officials.

UH Closures on Hawaii Island [posted Aug. 30, 3:30 p.m.]

All University of Hawaii facilities on Hawaii Island will be closed for all students and non-essential personnel starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31, in advance of Hurricane Madeline.

This includes:

  • UH Hilo
  • Hawai‘i Community College
  • Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui
  • ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • North Hawaii Education and Research Center
  • Hale Pohaku - Onizuka Center for International Astronomy and food and lodging facilities
  • All UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) facilities on Hawai‘i Island
  • All UH Manoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) facilities on Hawai‘i Island

Although these closures only affect Hawai‘i Island (at this time), the entire UH community is urged to stay vigilant and follow the National Weather Service (http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/), other official agencies and local media for the latest weather news.

UH Alert

Emergency situations affecting our 10 campuses will be announced to UH students, faculty and staff via UH Alert text messaging. Sign up here: http://hawaii.edu/alert.

Notifications affecting UH campuses will also be posted at http://hawaii.edu/emergency.

Checklist for Building Closures

  • Close all windows and blinds.
  • Secure important/confidential documents and valuables.
  • Remove perishable foods from buildings, trash cans and refrigerators.
  • Update telephone and e-mail messages for the closure period.
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical equipment and appliances (except phones), including: refrigerators (remove all items, defrost and wipe down), microwave ovens, coffee makers, battery chargers, computers, printers, fax machines, network devices (routers, switches, hubs, etc.), clocks, radios and window air conditioning units.

Be prepared

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency recommends residents and visitors take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone:

  • Talk with family members about what you plan to do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Make an action plan that includes details such as whether or not your family plans to evacuate.
  • Download the Ready Hawaii app from the iTunes or Google Play store. This app can aid in your emergency planning and will list shelters if they are opened for evacuation.
  • Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. If time and conditions permit, clear your gutters and other drainage systems.
  • Identify small outdoor items that could be picked up by high winds. Make a plan to bring these items indoors if a hurricane/tropical storm watch or warning is issued.
  • Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget seven days of food and water for your furry family members.
  • Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
  • Visitors should download and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at http://www.travelsmarthawaii.com.

UH Alert

UH has a comprehensive system of emergency messaging called UH Alert.

Current capabilities include email and text messaging for faculty, staff and students.

Students, faculty and staff may now sign up online to receive alerts via these channels.

Find out more.

Emergency Information

In the event of an emergency, this page will provide information about the nature of the incident, how to remain safe and when status has returned to normal. 

When appropriate, the university will alert faculty, staff and students via email and/or UH Alert. Information will also be provided through campus webpages and local news media.

Reporting an emergency

Preparing for an emergency