UWEM What's New Archive

Emergency Management News Archive

Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff. Some past articles may have been removed from the database.

UWEM Hiring for a New Business Continuity Manager

January 09, 2006

UWEM has an outstanding 1 year, full-time opportunity for a Business Continuity Manager to direct the development and implementation of a new business continuity and disaster resumption program for the University of Washington. Additionally, the individual will work closely with the Office of Emergency Management, Computing and Communications, primary operating departments and business units, government agency partners and the DIS-selected product vendor to launch the new statewide enterprise business continuity software for campus-wide implementation.

The Business Continuity Program Manager will be responsible for managing activities and new programs related to the initial development, and on-going support and maintenance of UW

Martha Knows Best

December 06, 2005

Domestic Diva Martha Stewart recently published and highlighted "30 Things Everyone Should Know" in her magazine and syndicated television show. The #1 recommended action was………………… drumroll please………………………….. "Put Together the Perfect Survival Kit." Click here for more information on how you can be more like Martha. Now, get to work!

Top 12 Disaster Myths

November 30, 2005

With all the recent media coverage of national and global disasters, many rumors and "urban myths" have once again resurfaced regarding disasters and how to recover from them. Click here for the truth behind 12 common disaster myths! You may be surprised how little you actually knew about disaster and catastrophic events.

2006 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference Announced

November 28, 2005

Save the date! The Partners In Emergency Preparedness Conference 2006 will take place in Tacoma, WA on April 18-19, 2006 the brand new Tacoma Convention Center. Keep checking Washington State University Conferences and Professional Programs for updates on the event. Click here for more information.

Katrina Assistance Workshop - November 22, 2005

November 23, 2005

The "Katrina Assistance Workshop" is scheduled for Tuesday November 22, 2005 at the downtown Seattle Washington Convention Center.

This free event is open to individuals who have been directly impacted by the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in September 2005. The event will be hosted by organizations (public, private or non-profit) who might can providing assistance to displaced individuals and families here in the Puget Sound Region.

This is an opportunity for people impacted by these disasters to know more about, and take advantage of assistance that is available to them. Parking and Child-care are free. More information.

Day of Reflection and Action on the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

November 17, 2005

The School of Social Work has planned a Day of Reflection and Action in response to the events of Hurricane Katrina November 8, 2005 from 12:30 to 6PM. The impacts surrounding this disaster have significance at every level of social work practice in alleviating the underlying inequalities highlighted by this event. Sessions will be held at the School of Social Work at 4101 15th Ave. NE.

Hurricanes Katrina & Rita Devastate the US Gulf Coast

November 17, 2005

The September 2005 twin Hurricanes Katrina & Rita struck the US, left over a thousand dead, damage estimates over $200 Billion and has left hundreds of thousands people homeless in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Dubbed the "American Tsunami," relief efforts continue throughout the region. Click here for more information on resources available nationwide for victims and other impacted citizens of the Gulf Region.

UWEM Announces 2nd Year Internal-UW Disaster Grant Recipients

October 21, 2005

Ten UW Departments and operating units were recently awarded over $100,000 in internal emergency preparedness grants as part of the second year of the UW-internal emergency preparedness and homeland security grants program. Over 25 proposals were submitted totalling over $1 million in requests. Over 65% of all departments received full or partial funding for projects that will enhance the UW's disaster preparedness efforts. Click here for a summary of the successful proposals. All project must be completed by June 30, 2006.

Join our UWEM Webpage Focus Group Workshop

October 21, 2005

… if you are a regular "lurker" or user of the our webpage, please join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm for our first annual OEM Webpage Users Focus Group Workshop. Bring your ideas, criticisms and suggestions on how we can make our site even more user-friendly. This workshop is limited to the first 24 people who sign up. OPEN TO ALL USERS (students, faculty, staff, and even non-UW users!!). Click here for more details. A free disaster preparedness gift will be given to everyone who attends!

How will we Respond and Recover from a "Katrina/Rita" Scale Event?

October 21, 2005

Come join the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup in discussing what the risks are from catastrophic events, such as earthquakes and other hazards. This free event will be held Oct. 19, 2005, 1:30PM - 3:30 PM in Hogness Auditorium, A-Wing of Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Learn from the experts about how we will respond and recover, and what to expect the regional impacts and opportunities for mutual support from Canada, Oregon and California would be.

Disaster Home Retrofit Workshops Planned for Fall 2005

September 27, 2005

When it hits it could be devastating to your home, your possessions. Attend free one-hour clinics this Fall at various Home Depots in the Puget Sound area. Dates and locations are listed when you click on this weblink. Learn how to retrofit your home by bolting it to its foundation. And learn how to secure heavy objects like the water heater, china cabinet, and bookcases. Be ready when disaster strikes!

58 UW Officials Attend Disaster Response Course

September 19, 2005

Nearly 70 UW, City and regional officials attended a weeklong disaster recovery and mitigation course at FEMA's National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD from August 8-12, 2005. The results of this training and exercise event will be presented to the University officials by October 2005 with specific recommendations for disaster improvement on the Seattle campus. Click {here} for photos of this activity.

City and UW Conduct Joint High-Rise Disaster Drill on August 3rd

August 30, 2005

On Wednesday, August 3 from 8am - 3pm, the UW and City of Seattle jointly conducted the largest live disaster response drill at Lander Hall on the Seattle campus. Over 500 City, County and UW emergency response personnel and volunteers were involved in the drill. The UW's Emergency Operation Center and UW Medical Center provided support for this terrorism response exercise. The UW Office of Emergency Management coordinated this drill on behalf of the University community. More information

2nd Year of Internal UW Emergency Preparedness Grants Now Available

August 30, 2005

The UW Emergency Management (UWEM) will provide a limited number of short-term, one time emergency management and homeland security grants to internal UW departments and operating units. These annual UW funds will be provided to support internal programs that improve the overall emergency preparedness efforts for the campus community. Annual operational funds will encourage departments and operating units to address key vulnerabilities in their respective operations, facilities and plans/procedures. Click here for details. ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1st.

UW Campus Disaster/Emergency Response Teams Conduct Drill

August 05, 2005

The UW Campus Emergency Response Team and the EH&S Pre-Entry Assessment Team (PEAT) conducted a joint emergency response drill on Thursday, June 16th at Sandpoint Magnusson Park. This joint drill allowed both UW emergency response teams to practice their skills in hazard assessment, emergency triage, search and rescue and team-building skills. Photographs of the event.

Bombs Detonated in London

July 21, 2005

Bombs were detonated July 7, 2005 in London, England's public transportation system. As a result of these bombings, Washington State regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies are maintaining vigilance and increasing their security capabilities for mass transit systems. No transportation systems are expecting delays at this time. Please immediately report any suspicious activity or suspicious packages to the UW Police Department at 206-543-9331. Click here for more details about what you can do.

UW and City of Seattle Conduct Joint Disaster Exercise

July 21, 2005

The UW and City of Seattle conducted a joint 4-hour tabletop disaster exercise on June 15, 2005 at Lander Hall. This exciting and ground-breaking activity involved over 50 key officials from the UW, City, County and State. This facilitated training event was designed to prepare all parties for a potentially-devastating terrrorist attack on campus. This event is precursor to a full-scale disaster drill to happen on campus on Wednesday, August 3, 2005. Photographs of the event.

OPERATION DETOUR: UW Conducts Annual EOC Drill

June 15, 2005

…. on the morning of Thursday, April 28, 2005, the UW conducted its annual Emergency Operations Center drill. This unannounced drill took place in the UW's backup EOC. The focus of the drill and follow-up training was to test the alternate emergency communications for key responders. Nearly 40 UW staff and officials participated. A formal evaluation will be completed and distributed by May 15, 2005. Click here for photos of from the event…

Campus Emergency Transportation Workshop Executive Report

May 23, 2005

Over 25 UW staff, students, and city, county, state and regional officials convened on March 14th to begin the development of a campus wide emergency evacuation and transportation strategy. Funded in part with federal homeland security funds, this professionally-facilitated workshop identified key issues related to the planning and execution of a campus evacuation activity. (Click here for the executive Report - PDF format)

Volunteers Needed for Medical Drill on Sat. April 30th

April 29, 2005

Public Health

UW & Partners Conduct Campus Emergency Evacuation Workshop (view photos)

April 28, 2005

Over 25 UW staff, students, and city, county, state and regional officials convened on March 14th to begin the development of a campuswide emergency evacuation and transportation strategy. Funded in part with federal homeland security funds, this professionally-facilitated workshop identified key issues related to the planning and execution of a campus evacuation activity. More details to follow. Click here for photos from the event.

UW Community Asked to Participate in Annual Statewide Earthquake Drill

April 27, 2005

The annual Washington "Drop, Cover and Hold" statewide earthquake preparedness drill will be on Thursday, April 21 from 9:45 - 10:00 am. All UW students, faculty and staff are encouraged to practice the recommended safety drill at that time in preparation for what experts predict will likely happen here in Western Washington. The 2001 Nisqually Earthquake is recent reminder of the destructive forces of nature and how we in Western Washinton need to prepare for every contingency.

UWEM Director Visits National University of Singapore

April 20, 2005

UWEM Director Steve Charvat was the invited guest of the National University of Singapore from March 18-25 to assist them in establishing a Crisis Management Framework. Modeled after the UW's Office of Emergency Management, the NUS program will incorporate many of the innovative concepts and programs established by its UW's counterparts.

Tsunami Waves Kill Over 225,000 in Asia

February 07, 2005

The devastating tsunamis that were triggered by 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia serves as a reminder that the western coast of North America could suffer comparable inundation. A similar earthquake could very well occur along the Cascadia subduction zone that lies off the shore of Vancouver Island, Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Geological research hints there is a 5 to 10% chance of such an earthquake occurring along the Cascadia subduction zone in the next 30 years. However the Pacific Ocean network of scientific buoys detecting severe waves would likely provide a much better advance warning where none existed in the Indian Ocean. Click here for more information (http://staff.aist.go.jp/kenji.satake/animation.gif)

Donate to the SE Asia Disaster Response Through InterAction Member Agencies

February 07, 2005

InterAction is a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, international development and refugee assistance organizations. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service. InterAction member agencies, United Nations disaster assessment and country teams, and various donor governments are working together with the governments of the affected countries to assess the extent of the disaster and to prioritize emergency needs. Refer for more details at: http://www.interaction.org/sasia/index.html