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.
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
September: A Time to Remember a Time to Prepare
The "Triangle of Life": Internet rumors and earthquake safety
The “Triangle of Life” is an alternative earthquake safety concept promoted by Doug Copp & is making its way around the Internet again. This concept is misinformation for earthquakes in the United States and it’s dangerous to follow.
This rumor shows up every few years, especially after a large earthquake, and we must de-bunk it. It is not applicable in the US, where our building codes are among the best in the world. Most injuries & death in the US from earthquakes occur from non-structural threat (stuff inside the building) not from structural threat (the building itself). The best way to react to an earthquake is to Drop, Cover and Hold on until 30 seconds after the shaking stops. We encourage everyone to ignore the Triangle of Life message. It’s dangerous!
For more information the Triangle of Life, visit these weblinks:
For information on proper earthquake training and safety, please click here
Webinar: A Practical Guide to Pacific Northwest Earthquakes is a great training opportunity being offered twice. Sept 21 & 22 from 9-10am. Presented by Joan Gomberg USGS. Learn more
Prepare in a Year - August Tip: Utility Safety
Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following any major earthquake. Water quickly becomes a precious resource following many disasters. It is vital that all household members know how to shut off the natural gas as well as shut off the water at the main house valve. More info
UWEM Launches its First LEAN Initiative
On July 20th, 11 UWEM partners, stakeholders and staff officially “launched” our first LEAN initiative. A campus-wide Team provided input and focus for our BARC continuity program. The result of this exciting launch event will include a number of concrete improvements to this new UWEM program. More information on the BARC program and the LEAN efforts can be found on the BARC website.
UWEM Seeks EOC Volunteers
Check out the UW Today Article. With the development of the new Emergency Operations Center UWEM is seeking interested volunteers to help staff the facility during times of activation.
Prepare in a Year - July Tip
Under-the-bed items: Ready to respond - day or night. When disaster strikes, it may be difficult to think as rationally and as quickly as you would like. The more procedures you have in place, and the easier they are to remember and implement, the more effective and efficient will be your response. We recommend that you keep these basic response supplies under the bed. That way, day or night, you’ll know where to go to get the essentials. More Info
Upcoming Training for EOC Responders
In preparation for the University Wide Diaster Drill on Sept 22nd 2011, UWEM will be hosting a 2-part series of training for our EOC responders. Click here for more details.
UW scientists take earthquake science closer to prediction
Check out this great article!
Prepare in a Year: June Tip
Extended Event Supplies: Coping with the impact of a disaster is never fun. However, much of the inconvenience and discomfort the disaster causes can be reduced by planning alternative ways to take care of your needs. More details
New Training: Emergency Planning for Campus Executives
This 2-hour overview of emergency planning serves as a briefing for executives of institutions of higher education. It provides them with insights into multi-hazard emergency planning and their role in protecting lives, property, and operations. The course consists of 7 modules which can be delivered independently so that executives can tailor it to fit their schedules and needs. Course Flyer FEMA Courses
May is Volcano Awareness Month
In May 1980, we experienced the eruption of Mount St. Helens. This event created havoc in many communities and sent ash clouds across our state and the nation. Scientist agree that Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range are capable of future eruptions. Sheltering-in-Place may be required if evacuation is not possible in the event of a volcanic eruption. Learn more
Prepare in a Year: May Tip
Important Documents: After a major disaster, you may need financial assistance and will want to document any property loss for insurance and income tax purposes. Having ready access to the documents necessary for completing application forms, as well as those which could be difficult to replace, will help reduce delay and frustration. More Info
Check out the new 3Days3Ways website!
Get ready now. Be prepared to survive for at least 3 days after a disaster. The chances are high that a catastrophe could happen in the Northwest. Make it Through
What if a major earthquake hit the Seattle area? What if a tsunami followed? Would you be prepared? Do you know what to do to stay as safe as possible and to survive a potentially catastrophic event? The KOMO 4 Problem Solvers want to help make sure you are. We investigate the likelihood of a major earthquake, tsunami or volcano and asked what your family needs to know and whether government officials are prepared. Watch the 40 minute video
3 to Get Ready: Take the Preparedness Challenge
3 ways to get ready…3 ways to win! Take Action, Tell a Friend and Snap a Photo. Grand prize trip package to Victoria BC. Start here
Earthquake similar to Japan could occur here in the PNW
We are all saddened by the images coming out of Japan and devastation that has occurred due to an 9.0 earthquake in Japan last week. Reality is we could face the same situation here in the PNW. Here are a few articles describing just that. Please join Siri McLean, Plans & Training Manager for UW Emergency Management to learn about our earthquake risk and how you can become better prepared. See flyer for dates, times & locations.
Nuclear event in Japan poses no health risk in King County
The Washington Department of Health advises that there is no health risk to Washington residents from the nuclear reactors in Japan. Air sample readings in our state remain normal. The Department of Health Radiation Protection Program doesn’t expect any change in environmental measurements taken in Washington. Read more on the Department of Health’s website.
Prepare in a Year Monthly 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.More information
Spring Ahead to Prepared for Disasters
Daylight Savings Time in the United States starts on the second Sunday in March of each year and FEMA encourages all Americans to use the change to daylight savings time to update emergency preparedness plans. For years, firefighters and safety professionals have asked the public to change smoke alarm batteries throughout their homes, as they move their clocks ahead. According to FEMA Regional Administrator Ken Murphy, the March ritual of making homes safer from fire is also a great opportunity to review disaster preparedness plans and restock disaster kits. Read more
10th Anniversary of Nisqually Earthquake
February 28th marks the anniversary of the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually earthquake. It was unexpected, many were injured, and damage was significant. Ten years have since gone by, much has changed, and many improvements toward earthquake preparedness and mitigation have been made. Click here to learn more. UWEM also provides training on earthquakes and personal preparedness. See the Training page for details.
Partners in Emergency Prepaerdness Conference
Registration is officially Open! The Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference is the largest and most successful regional emergency preparedness conference in the Pacific Northwest. Partners in Emergency Preparedness annually hosts nearly 700 people representing business, schools, government, the nonprofit sector, emergency management professionals, and volunteer organizations. Register here!
We've Moved to the UW Tower
After nearly 10 years of planning and anticipation, the UWEM staff recently completed our move to our new offices at the UW Tower (Suite-C140) during the period of in late January. We are now co-located with our new UW Emergency Operations Center. Throughout the move, thanks to our partners, we did have any loss of connectivity via computer or phone at that time. Thanks to everyone for your patience during this exciting time of transition! Stay tuned for our Open House this Spring!
UWEM Staffer Re-Appointed to Regional Advisory Council
Steven Charvat, UWEM Director, was re-appointed to the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Regional Advisory Council for another 2-year term from 2011-2013. The purpose of the RAC is to advise the FEMA Regional Director on policy issues impacting State, local, tribal and private-sector emergency preparedness efforts and how FEMA and the federal government can best support local efforts. Mr. Charvat is the ONLY representative of higher education on the 18-member RAC.
Resolve to be Ready in 2011
A New Year’s resolution to be prepared for emergencies is simple - and could save lives. With the new year fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging all Americans to make emergency preparedness one of their New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. Resolve to be Ready in 2011 is a nationwide effort to urge individuals, families, businesses and communities to focus on being ready and aware of all the hazards that exist in their communities.