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NWOPCS Emergency Preparedness Procedures

Aloha Parents and Guardians,

Recent events served as a statewide reminder of emergency preparations. Rest assured Nā Wai Ola PCS conducts emergency drills to educate and prepare students and staff of situations that threaten the safety and security of our campus.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) indicates that the safest response to a ballistic missile threat is to “Get Inside, Stay Inside, and Stay Tuned.” Thus, the proper emergency action drill for schools is, “Shelter-in-Place.” A Shelter-in-Place drill is one of the five annual emergency exercises practiced by our school.

With regard to any Shelter-in-Place situation, parents and guardians are also advised to Shelter-in-Place where they are (i.e. home, work, etc.) and avoid picking up their children at school. While it is extremely difficult to adhere to this advisement, please know that this is in the best interest of your children.

In the event of an emergency, statewide, complex-wide, or school-wide, Nā Wai Ola PCS will post information on its website nawaiolapcs.org, as well as our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nawaiolapcs808/. Often times, rumors or misinformation can be spread during a time of chaos. It is important to remain calm and go to these sources for updated and accurate information.

This false ballistic missile threat not only caused us to reflect on preparation efforts, but it also may have caused emotional trauma for you and your children. Should you feel that your child or family is in need of counseling services, please discuss this with our school principal Jason Wong.

ʻO au nō me ka ʻoiaʻiʻo,

F. Kapua Francisco

School Office Manager

Ballistic Missile Threat Letter

DOE Shelter-in-Place Memo & attachments

Emergency Procedures Guide (EPG)