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.
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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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
UW & Partners Conduct Campus Emergency Evacuation Workshop (view photos)
UW Community Asked to Participate in Annual Statewide Earthquake Drill
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
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
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
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
UW Announces First Year Homeland Security/Emergency Prep Grant Recipients
15 UW departments, schools and operating units received over $220,000 in funding to support local efforts to reduce their risks to natural and human-caused disasters as part of an internal Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness grant program supported by the University. Grants ranged from $40,000 to $300. This annual grant program is designed to provide one-time financial support to UW organizations for the purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment/systems that will address hazards and threats facing their students, staff and visitors.
Affirmation of "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in an Earthquake
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted information on its Web site that affirms the earthquake safety advice "Drop,Cover, and Hold On" and provides accurate illustrations showing the proper procedure. This was done in response to a flurry of inquiries that asked FEMA and other agencies if the recommendation to "drop, cover, and hold on" remained accurate.
UW Office of Emergency Management Receives $300,000 FEMA Grant
Making the UW safer in times of disaster - The University will get $300,000 in FEMA money and match it locally in an effort to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. It's some advance planning that can help save lives and property.
UWEM Recommended Personal Survival Kit
For when you might be confined for several hours, or perhaps overnight, UW Office of Emergency Management has put together a list of recommended emergency supplies to have at your desk, car and at home. Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your safety and comfort during and after a disaster.
Tips on Handling Volcanic Ash
When Mount St. Helens exploded in 1980, 19 of Washington's 39 counties experienced significant problems due to ash deposit. While the recent activity at the volcano indicates that a similar eruption will NOT occur, the UW Office of Emergency Management offers students, visitors, and staff some tips on how to deal with the potential of ashfall if they encounter this hazard.
College & University Emergency Preparedness Symposium
Join us for the "Best Practices in Risk Reduction for Colleges and Universities 2005 Symposium" January 27-28, 2005. This two-day symposium/workshop is designed specifically for emergency professionals serving colleges and universities. Join us for workshops and seminars led by nationally recognized experts in emergency management, business continuity and crisis communications. Find out about innovative approaches to disaster preparedness in institutions of higher learning - Hear from and question experts on cutting edge successful hazard mitigation techniques - Talk to and network with fellow peers from other institutions of higher learning - Learn how you can set up and support an Office of Emergency Management - Take home a "toolkit" for building a Disaster Resistant University - Sign up today!
Office of Emergency Management Vision, Mission and Core Values
Our mission is to administer a campus-based comprehensive emergency management program in partnership with UW academic departments, operating units, staff, administration and neighboring jurisdictions in order to save lives, protect property and safeguard the environment.
Are We Ready for Pandemic Influenza?
Join us on Thursday, September 9, 2004 from 9:00-11:00AM T-747 in UW Health Sciences to hear a presentation on Pandemic Influenza. Dr. Jeffrey Duchin is nationally recognized expert on the impacts of an influenza outbreak and will discuss how the potential for this outbreak (similar to the recent SARS scare and Avian Chicken flu) can impact those of us working emergency response here in Western Washington.
UW Receives 2nd Homeland Security Grant from Feds
The UW Office of Emergency Management received an additional $805,000 in June 2004 as part of the federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant program via the City of Seattle and the US Department of Homeland Security. These funds, in addition to an earlier $239,000 grant, will provide for additional planning, exercise and equipment purchases for UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Facilities Services, Intercollegiate Athletics and C&C to increase the overall preparedness of their employees and facilities to respond to a potential terrorist event or threat.
Washington is First to Secure Federal Approval for Natural Disaster Plan
The University of Washington is part of a cadre of state agencies from Washington to have participated in the development of the State Enhanced Hazard Mitigation Plan, the first state in the nation to secure federal approval for an enhanced state plan to prevent and manage natural disasters. By gaining approval for the Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan the University becomes eligible to compete for a share of the federal match of 20 percent for hazard mitigation projects after a disaster
Seattle Campus Learns Lessons from April 22nd Disaster Drill (PDF)
Over 40 UW staff attended an "After-Action" workshop on May 24th to review the lessons learned from the April 22nd Operation Jumpstart campuswide earthquake exercise. Staff reviewed a report detailing over 50 recommendations for improvement to the UW emergency reponse program. Incuded in the detailed report were improvement to current disaster plans, communications and training. Contact the UW Office of Emergency Management for details.
Disaster Resources Brochure for Faculty, Researchers and Staff Posted
A new, two page tri-fold brochure has been developed for UW Faculty, staff and researchers that highlights the basic steps and procedures that each should follow before, during and after a disaster. It contains helpful tips, telphone numbers and weblinks for more detailed information on emergency preparedness. All new faculty and staff are encouraged to review and print out this colorful brochure and share it with their co-workers.
UW Applying for new FEMA Disaster Resistant University Grant
The UW is in the process of applying for a new FEMA grant designed to make the University more disaster "resistant". If you would like more information on the process and to provide ideas on potential projects, please contact us by February 10, 2004.
University of Washington 2003 Risk Reduction Survey (PDF)
This survey collected information regarding UW academic and operating units' efforts to reduce the risks to natural and human-caused hazards. It contains recommendations for future projects and improvements
UW Receives Grants for Homeland Security
The UW Office of Emergency Management received $239,000 in January 2004 as part of the federal Urban Area Security Initiative grants via the City of Seattle and the US Department of Homeland Security. These funds will provide for additional planning, exercise and equipment purchases for five UW Departments to increase the overall preparedness of the Seattle campus to respond to a potential terrorist event or threat.
UW Survives Simulated "BIG ONE" Earthquake on April 22nd
The University of Washington sucessfully completed its firts campus-wide simulated disaster exercise in over 6 years. Dubbed "Operation Jumpstart", the April 22, 2004 exercise simulated a 7.0 major earthquake on the Seattle Fault. Over 80 UW officials and observers particiated in the 3-hour drill. A formal post-event critique workshop to review the "lessons learned" has been scheduled for May 24. For more information, call the UW Office of Emergency Management.
Emergency Response Management Plan Posted
The Plan is a guide to the University for emergency and disaster management and coordination of all phases of emergency management operations in order to minimize the impacts of emergencies and disasters, and to protect the people, property, and environment, and restore the primary mission of the UW.