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
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff. Some past articles may have been removed from the database.
Washington is First to Secure Federal Approval for Natural Disaster Plan
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.