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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.

Training Opportunity: Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents

March 15, 2006

The UW Office of Emergency Management has invited a couple of speakers from New Mexico Tech's EMRTC program to spend 4 hours talking about Preventing and Responding to Suicide Bombing Incidents (PRSBI).

The time and location of the presentation will be:

March 21, 2006 HSB T-435 (seating for 189) 0800-1200

We welcome all first responders, security, emergency management and others with a vested interest in this training to attend. We do ask for an RSVP to scottpre@u.washington.edu or 206-897-2378 so we know how many to plan for. We've included the link for this class from New Mexico Tech if you are interested in reading more about the curriculum.

UW Offers New Undergraduate Course in Disaster Management

March 13, 2006

Beginning Spring Quarter 2006, the UW College of Architecture and Urban Planning will be offerering an exciting new undergraduate couse in disaster management. The course will focus on real-world emergencies and disasters and focus on how students can better prepare their own families and workplaces in case of the unthinkable. Course Developer Bob Freitag encourages anyone interested in the field to sign up for the URBDP 498 to sign up. Spots will fill up quickly.

Pandemic Flu Primer

March 02, 2006

Read more on the potential impacts of a major worldwide pandemic flu outbreak globally as well as regionally here in King County.

Because most or all people would not have immunity to a new pandemic virus, large numbers of persons around the world can be infected. If the pandemic virus causes severe disease, many people may develop serious illnesses.

Click here for more information.

New/Free Homeland Security Online Courses NOW Available

February 09, 2006

The Washington State Homeland Security Institute announced that it is now offering its first 4 online courses. Click here for more information on the following FREE courses: Personal Protective Equipment, Operational Safety & Security, Mass Decontamination, and WMD Awareness. These courses are available 24/7 and are approved by the US Office of Domestic Preparedness.

Regional Pandemic Flu Workshop Webcast (January 30th)

February 02, 2006

Harborview Medical Center and Public Health-Seattle and King County are sponsoring a Regional Pandemic Flu Conference, Monday, Jan. 30. The day-long event will address issues that would face the Northwest if there were a pandemic flu outbreak. Designed for clinicians and hospital administrators, it will feature speakers from Harborview, Public Health—Seattle and King County, and the national Centers for Disease Control. Topics include community coordination, infection control in the health-care setting, an update on antiviral drugs, health-care facilities preparation, patient care issues, and palliative care.

Although registration for the conference is full, the event will be Webcast, "Live" on January 30. A link to the Webcast is available from this page. The event will also be broadcast on UWTV and the Research Channel later this spring.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) Recommendation

January 09, 2006

UW OEM is joining with rescue personnel in asking people to program on their cell phones' address book

UWEM Featured on King County Television

January 09, 2006

Starting in December, KCTV, King County Public Access Television's Project Impact show will regularly-highlight the UW Office of Emergency Management, its innovative programs and Homeland Security activities. Click here to view the entire program on your computer or consult your cable TV guide for programing times/dates (Comcast Digital Cable 22 or Millennium Digital Cable 72 or 80.)


January 09, 2006

Come help the Office of Emergency Management during our January 11, 2006 disaster response training. We

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.