Who would have guessed that our past Winter (and early) Spring would have been so wet, long and cold? Well, the good news is that is “officially” over. Click here for more information and all the details!
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
La Nina Quietly (and Finally) Is Over
Go Ahead: DROP, COVER & HOLD ON on April 25th
UWEM recommends that all UW units and departments to practice the “Drop, Cover & Hold” actions as part of the statewide Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness drill on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 anytime. While the “official” statewide drill takes place from 9:45 to 10 AM (mostly for K-12 schools), we strongly encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of their morning to reinforce these important steps that have saved many lives in previous earthquakes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The UW has no legal or mandatory requirement for participation in the statewide drill, but we do recommend that units, departments, offices, buildings and individuals voluntarily take a moment to review the basics of “Drop, Cover and Hold” in their workplaces, classrooms and residences. Check out our “Earthquake and Tsunami” resources on our homepage for more information.
Prepare in a Year: April Tip
72-Hour Comfort Kits: Chances are you will have to rely upon supplies you have available in your home for at least he first three days following any major disaster. Store these items in something that is portable and easily carried, like a plastic tub with a tight-fitting lid. In the event of fire or rapid evacuation, you’ll appreciate having more than just the clothes on your back. Learn more
The Pacific NW's Uber EQ Threat
A new article from Discover Magazine highlights not one, but multiple potential scenarios for a earthquake at least as destructive as the March 11, 2011 9.0 magnitude Tohoku, Japan megathrust earthquake. These scenarios are based on geological evidence and are well-supported by research supported at the University of Washington. The article can be found here.
UWEM practices an All-Hazards planning model, even for something like a Solar Storm. The last significant solar storm that impacted humanity caused a geomagnetic storm that resulted in a 9-hour black-out for 6 million people in Quebec, Canada in March, 1989.
Prepare in a Year: March Tip - Storing Water
Water is essential for survival. The ground trembling and shaking caused by earthquakes can crack or break the lines that bring fresh water to your house. You may have to rely for three days or more on the water you have stored. Learn more
Quake Experts Predict our "Big One" Could be Much Worse than Previoiusly Thought
Experts agree that it’s not a matter of if, but when the Pacific Northwest is rocked by an enormous earthquake, but new information shows that the “big one” could be even bigger and badder than first thought.
Scientists say when the next big one hits, it could be something straight out of your nightmares. Click here for more details.
Getting Ready for the "Big One": UW Style
The February 14th edition of the DAILY student newspaper contained a lengthy and detailed article on how the UW Seattle campus prepares for and potentially will respond to a catastrophic earthquake. Not-if, but when is our constant motto. To read the entire article, click here
When the Power Goes Out Off-Campus
This morning at around 5:30, large chunks of SW campus (including many residence halls on West Campus) went dark due to a power “spike” from Seattle City Light. If you have power and ever want to see a map of current power outages, check out their cool website that shows areas impacted. Click here for more information.
Day 3 of Nasty Winter Weather .
Winter weather emergency responses continue for the UW system as Mother Nature decided that she actually WOULD give us as taste of winter. The UW-Seattle campus is closed again today (Thurs. 01/19) for classes but essential service employees are required to report to work. Our emergency response teams continue to monitor local weather, road and transit operations and respond to the ongoing snow and ice. STAY TUNED to this website and the UW’s main website for updates on delays, suspended operations and other weather-related conditions.
We're Looking for a few Good Men (and Women)!
UWEM is in the process of hiring 2 junior/senior or graduate students for 2 exciting (and funded) research projects. Both positions are PAID and will go through December 2012. Go to the Husky Career Center for more information - Job postings 59037 & 59029 . One position will develop 2 disaster plans for the UW and the other will develop an online disaster response tracking system.
National Blood Donor Month
Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather, and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. The America Association of Blood Banks, in conjunction with America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, celebrates National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood. Click here for more information.
Prepare in a Year Monthly Tip: Action Plan
Would you know what to do if an earthquake occurred? A quick response to an earthquake event, volcanic eruption, chemical release and other hazard is critical to your safety and that of your loved ones. Therefore the focus for the first month of Prepare in a Year is to Develop an Action Plan. Learn about the potential hazards and specific actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Cool Website to Track UW-Seattle Campus' Snow Removal
Ever wondered if you should put on your boots or snow tires to trek across the snowy Seattle campus during a snowstorm? Well, instead of looking out the window, you can now track the status of nearly 120 sidewalks and roads on the Seattle campus to see if they have been plowed or shoveled. Click [here] for a map-based look at your Facilities Department hard-at-work keeping our campus open, accessible and safe!
Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
The United State Fire Administration (USFA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter. Click here for more information.
Prepare in a Year: Dec Tip - Home Hazard Hunt
Identify potential home hazards. All of Washington State has the potential of being impacted by a major earthquake. Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. When they occur, they cause the ground to undulate and shake, perhaps violently. Buildings – and their contents – are vulnerable to this rocking and rolling. Fortunately, experts teach how to secure homes to their foundations, and contents to wall studs. Learn more
Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on November 9th (Don't Worry!)
“This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. The broadcasters of your area in voluntary cooperation with federal, state and local authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information.” Remember that? Well, for the first time in US History, a true nation-wide test will occur this Wednesday, November 9th at 11 am PST. Click here for more information. The UW will not be testing any of our systems to avoid any confusion on that date!
UWEM Find's GOLD in Green
UWEM and the EOC was notified on October 20th that we are the first Facilities Department (and 2nd in the whole UW) to achieve the “Gold Level” office certification for our efforts in environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts! Congratulations to the entire UWEM Team for a job well-done! For more information on this exciting program, click here.
La Nina is Back!
Just in time for Halloween...A Zombie Novella from the CDC
Just in time for the fun of Halloween, the CDC has released an entertaining way to learn about emergency preparedness through a Zombie Novella(click here). What’s YOUR zombie plan?
Prepare in a Year - Sept Tip: Drop Cover Hold
During earthquakes, many people’s fight/flight instinct urges them to run! – even when they know they should “drop, cover, hold.” Why? Rational thought (in other words, the knowing) flees. We learn to counter this instinctual response to run by practicing doing the safe thing. Studies show that people in our country tend to be hurt by falling objects, not collapsing structures. If you are on your feet trying to move, you are in danger from toppling bookcases, breaking windows, flying dishes, falling televisions, collapsing fireplaces, or shifting furniture. Safety comes from quickly getting to a place of safety. Read more
WHAT IF A Mega-Tsunami Hit the Pacific Northwest
Outside Magazine recently published a 15-page realistic scenario of what life would be like if a “mega-tsunami” and earthquake hit the Pacific Northwest. This is a great read for those of us who must prepare our families and communities for the not-if-but-when catastrophic disaster to hit our entire region. Read more here
Better Safe than Sorry
Today’s Seattle TIMES editorial re-confirmed and validated that the recent local, state and Federal government preparatory actions to Hurricane Irene on the East Coast likely saved many lives. UWEM follows this same “mantra” by working with students, faculty and staff throughout the UW system to be prepared. Unlike hurricanes, our major disasters (earthquakes) likely will not give us 3-4 days notice on Weather Channel! Click here to read what they said.
Not all University Disaster Programs are Created Equal
A recent news article in the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) detailed a nation-wide study of college and university disaster preparedness efforts. Want to see how the UW rated? Click here
September: A Time to Remember a Time to Prepare
Septemeber is National Preparedness Month. Please join us Thursday Sept 8th between 10am-2pm in the UW Tower Cafeteria for an extrordinary preparedness event! See flyer for details.