We believe it is important that you are aware of the major hazards we might have to face. We are providing this information, not to unduly alarm you, but to inform you that we are making necessary preparations for the safety and welfare of your children. You may contact the Oahu Civil Defense Agency at 523-4121 for preparedness brochures explaining in detail what you should know and do.

Of major importance, when and if a disaster or emergency occurs, is your assistance in ensuring that your children understand the need for purposeful behavior and cooperation under such circumstances.

Fire

The signal for a drill or actual fire is a red flashing light (elementary campus) and loud siren (both campuses) . Drills will be held periodically. Children will leave in an orderly fashion, under teacher supervision, and rapidly (not running) walk single file to designated area. In the event our facility were to be damaged by fire and not habitable, we will care for the children at Friendship’s other campus and call for you to pick up your child as soon as possible.

Tsunami Warning

Our school is not located in a tsunami evacuation zone, so we do not have to evacuate. The following procedures have been adopted in the event of a TSUNAMI WARNING:

a. If a WARNING is issued while we are in session, we will remain with the children and care for them until you can safely pick them up. You need not leave work or rush to the school. If you are in or can get to a safe area close to where you work, it is recommended you remain in the safe area until the “All Clear” is announced and avoid contributing to unnecessary traffic on roads and streets.

b. If a WARNING is issued before our day normally begins, classes will be canceled and the school will be closed. See the “rule of thumb” comment at the end of this bulletin for determining whether we’re open or closed.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm:

Hurricane or Tropical Storm WATCHES are issued by the National Weather Service 36 hours prior to the arrival of storm effects. Hurricane or Tropical Storm WARNINGS are issued when one of these storms could affect Oahu in 24 hours or less. When a WATCH is issued, we will monitor the storm and make decisions to close before the issuance of a WARNING. The timing of the closure will generally coincide with the end of a normal working day and should not inconvenience you if you are at work.

In the event that we must evacuate, we will have the children walk to the Ewa Elementary School. Your child will be provided for there by our school staff.

Earthquake

a. Should an earthquake of significant magnitude occur on Oahu, our school could be damaged. We can also anticipate considerable disruption to our road networks. If your children are at school, you may not be able to get to them even though you live close by.

b. Following an actual earthquake, when the shaking has stopped, we will first treat and care for anyone who is injured and then evaluate the structural integrity of the school.

Option 1: If our building is sound, we will remain in place and listen on our battery-operated portable radio for Civil Defense instructions.

Option 2: If the school is damaged or could sustain damage as the result of an aftershock, we will attempt to move to the Ewa Mahiko District Park or Friendship Christian Schools’ other campus. Signs will be posted on the doors of the school revealing our location. We will sustain ourselves the best way we can, for as long as necessary, until assistance can be provided by civil authorities.

Flooding

Our school is located in an identified flooding zone. However, the extent of damage and inconvenience is generally limited to heavy pooling around the facility (parking and roadway). When the facility is inaccessible due to heavy rains, there will be no school. If in doubt as to whether the school is open, you may call the school ahead of time.

In summary, please be assured that we will take good care of your children during any emergency or disaster.

Closures

a. A good rule of thumb for closures:

If it is announced over radio or television that the public schools are closing, we will also, in all likelihood, be closing. Under no circumstances, however, will we close until all children have been picked up by their parents or designee. For questions about an emergency closing for Friendship, KHON-TV and KSSK radio station will be the communication facilities that will be notified.

b. Do not call the school during emergencies. Keep the telephone lines open and available for those who have urgent needs.

c. It is essential that you establish individual and family plans for tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, and flooding. These plans should identify what preparatory actions should be taken for each hazard. They should include where shelters are located and how you will travel to them if evacuation advisories are issued, what you plan to do if the family is separated, what type of survival supplies you will need, etc. Such information can be obtained from the Oahu Civil Defense Agency at 532-4121.