The University of Hawaii offers a program specifically designed to deal with mass shooting.
It’s called Active Shooter Awareness and Response Training, and is meant to better prepare and protect the UH Manoa community.
“In the training, they’re going to better prepare the students, faculty and staff for things like different active shooter situations, how to reduce the chance of victimization, what to do in law enforcement arrives, because there’s very different and specific things you need to do,” explained UH spokeswoman Kelli Abe Trifonovitch.
During this training, participants learn about various active shooter situations, discuss measures and options that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of victimization, learn what to expect when campus security and law enforcement arrive on scene, and engage with security staff to learn about campus safety.
Trifonovitch says the university has been developing the program for months, and the terrible events of the past week only underscore the importance of training like this.
“Because it is a needed resource for students, faculty and staff, and will help to prepare them and help them to be safer in the situation, should it ever arise,” she said.
On Friday, police say an 18-year-old freshman shot four students at Northern Arizona University after an argument in a parking lot, killing one.
That same day, a second deadly shooting occurred at a student housing complex near Texas Southern University.
They happened a little more than a week after a gunman killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, then killed himself.
To learn more about this training opportunity or to schedule a session, contact the UH Manoa Department of Public Safety by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (808) 956-9293.
The university also recommends all students, faculty, and staff register for its alert system, which provides text message updates during any event that presents an immediate danger to the campus community. Sign up online here.