September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month and we want everyone to start off the Fall semester thinking about campus safety. Higher education professionals are working to create healthy and safe campus environments each and every single day. But it is very important that students, parents, and everyone here in the HonCC community take some time to focus on campus safety and remind ourselves of the many things that we can do to create a safer environment.
There are so many challenges to consider; weather emergencies like storms and hurricanes, violent crimes and sexual assaults, domestic violence and dating violence, fire safety and hazardous materials, and burglaries and thefts. Then there are issues like proper lighting at night, slip/fall hazards, obstructed fire exits, improper ventilation, and other safety hazards that are a potential for accidents.
Because it is widely understood that people make the best decisions when they are well-informed, confident in their knowledge, and offered support, I would like to reiterate some of the basic safety mechanisms that we have in place here at Honolulu Community College.
Every October, Honolulu Community College publishes its Annual Security Report on the campus website; this report includes all of the Colleges’ safety and security policies as well as the crime statistics for the previous three years. It is highly recommended that all members of the HonCC community take the time to read the Annual Security Report to get a clear understanding of our safety and security policies, procedures and practices, as well as a better picture of what our actual safety challenges are and how are addressing those challenges.
Campus Security is on duty 24/7 and can be reached at 284-1270. Campus security officers conduct vehicle and foot patrols on campus. They are responsible to monitor the campus and provide basic security services such as the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, and rules and regulations of HonCC.
There are 8 Emergency Blue Phones are located throughout campus where you can be connected to security simply by pushing the red button in the center of the box.
A “Security Escort” is available upon request to or from any building or parking lot on campus. If you feel unsafe for any reason and would like a security escort, just contact 284-1270 and our security officer on duty will be glad to assist you.
HonCC also has “Emergency Notification Systems” via email, text, and emergency PA system. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up to receive notifications through the UH Alert System or review and update information. This can be done online by visiting http://www.hawaii.edu/alert
Campus Security performs the full range of public safety services dealing with incident reports; campus investigations, medical and fire emergencies; accidents; enforcement of laws regulating the use of alcohol, drugs and weapons, inspection of lighting and other potential safety hazards; and all other situations requiring Campus Security assistance. Campus Security Officers are trained in areas such as emergency first-aid, CPR, report writing, investigative skills, and crowd control by experts from federal, state, and local agencies.
The most important and effective component of our campus safety strategy is the individual community member; YOU. Please remember that while campus security provides all of the security functions listed above, they can only address what they see or what is reported to them, and they heavily rely on the thousand pairs of eyes spread throughout the campus to assist by reporting any safety or security hazard, risk or threat that might exist. So please remember that Campus Safety begins with you; If You See Something, Say Something!
National Campus Safety Awareness Month
Each year, colleges and universities throughout the country recognize September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Here are some resources on campus crime and safety:
Victim Support Services
Love is Respect
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
TROPICAL STORM MADELINE TO THE SOUTH OF THE STATE AND A STRONG AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH…WILL RESULT IN WINDY NORTHEASTERLY TRADE WINDS ACROSS THE ISLAND CHAIN THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING.
IMPACTS…STRONG WIND GUSTS WILL CAUSE LOOSE OBJECTS TO BLOW AROUND…AND COULD RESULT IN DOWNED TREE BRANCHES. LOCALIZED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. DRIVING HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES MAY BECOME DIFFICULT.
Please do not take this storm lightly and follow all weather advisories and remember the importance of personal preparation for natural disaster events. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (http://www.scd.hawaii.gov/)recommends all Hawaii residents take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone. Also, please take the time to view the hurricane checklist below and remember that the key to safety in situations like this is preparation.