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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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

Operation Crash Start is TODAY

April 14, 2009

(04/30/09) From 1- 4pm, nearly 90 members of the UW's disaster response management team will participate in the annual (simulated) EOC disaster drill, called "Operation Crash Start". This annual drill will simulate the university's coordinated response to a major disaster impacting the campus and surrounding community. We will be testing the effectiveness of how we coordinate our campus resources and messages in protecting the lives, property and environment of the UW Seattle campus. Click here for more information. THE DRILL WILL NOT IMPACT UW OPERATIONS!

Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

April 08, 2009

April 14 -15, 2009 Tacoma Convention Center Tacoma, WA

The Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference is the largest and most successful regional emergency preparedness conference in the Pacific Northwest. It attracts top-notch speakers with expertise that includes earthquake research, contingency planning, school preparedness, technology, news media, and public health. Speakers and exhibitors provide cutting-edge information on subjects such as business continuity planning, school safety, public health preparedness, homeland security, and public information.

Registration is now open! Early bird prices until February 20th!

Prepare in a Year - March Tip

April 01, 2009

-(03/17/09) Water is essential for survival. The ground trembling and shaking caused by earthquakes can crack or break the lines that bring fresh water in your house. You may have to rely on three days or more on the water you have stored. How much water should I store? Which containers are good? Can I improve the taste of stored water? Is adding liquid bleach recommended? Find answers to these questions.

UW Disaster Programs Featured in New UW Dept. of Ed Publication

March 17, 2009

(February 23, 2009) The UW's emergency and disaster preparedness programs are featured as one of only a handful of successful campus disaster preparedness programs. Click on the title to be sent to the hotlink (in PDF format) of this 72-page report that was released by the US Department of Education.

Prepare in a Year - Home Preparedness

February 23, 2009

(02/03/09) Imagine trying to move through your house to check on your loved ones after an earthquake - what hazards would you encounter?

The most common personal injury resulting from an earthquake is cut feet. Broken glass from picture frames, mirrors, or other glass objects can cause serious injury, and even death. A simple fix: secure your wall hangings and other items to reduce this risk.

Prepare in a Year

February 03, 2009

(Jan. 12, 2009) We often think that "it won't happen here", but as we have seen in recent years, disasters such as floods, severe winter storms, and extended power outages do occur across our state. We must accept this as reality and assume responsibility by taking action to prepare ourselves, our loved ones, homes, pets and neighborhoods.

Prepare in a Year is an innovative and simple approach to disaster preparedness. Simply choose one hour each month and complete the designated activity. You can start any time of the year, but why not start this month and make disaster preparedness a part of your New Year's commitment.

UWEM Annual 5-Year Strategic Plan Update: Public Comment Period

February 02, 2009

(Jan. 9, 2009) UWEM Staff and the Emergency Management Planning Committee welcome comments to and questions on to the university's 5-year emergency management strategic plan update. Click here for copy of the 2009-2014 DRAFT plan. Please submit your comments to disaster@u.washington.edu by January 31, 2009. Thank you.

UW Prepares for Potential for Nasty Winter Weather

January 02, 2009

(Dec. 16, 2008) In anticipation of another blast of nasty winter weather, the UW encourages all students, faculty and staff to prepare themselves for severe conditions. UWEM staff constantly monitoring weather reports and are coordinating both our internal communications as well as working closely with City, state and regional partners to plan for possible service interruptions or delays. STAY TUNED….

Changes to KIRO Radio

January 02, 2009

(11/25/08) Starting January 1, 2009 KIRO Radio 710 AM will change over to an all Sports format. KIRO 97.3FM will become all news. Hence, KIRO 97.3 FM & KOMO AM 1000 should be listed as the designated emergency broadcast stations for the greater Seattle metro region.

Public Comments on new UW Winter Weather Policy

December 16, 2008

(11/26/08) UWEM is accepting public comments on a new UW Severe Winter Weather Procedure. This general proposed procedure will guide the decision making process and supplement other UW policies and procedures that are followed to determine the need to "suspend operations" at the UW-Seattle campus. Comments will be accepted until December 12, 2008. Click for a PDF version of the document. Comments can be sent to disaster@u.washington.edu

2 New Students Named to Campus Disaster Advisory Committee

December 09, 2008

(11/26/08)Two new students have been selected to represent both the graduate and undergraduate student body as the newest members of the UW's Emergency Management Planning Committee (EMPC). Jason Padvorac, a Senior in Bioengineering and Timothy Carter, a graduate student in Environmental and Health Sciences were appointed by the ASUW and GPSS respectively to serve for the next year on the EMPC. The EMPC was established in 2003 to provide advice and guidance to the UW's disaster and emergency management programs, and specifically to the UW Emergency Management Office.

New Emergency Preparedness Training Offered

December 02, 2008

(11/25/08) The new Plans & Training Manager, Siri-Elizabeth McLean, is offering one hour training sessions to groups that request on Emergency Preparedness.

Cold and Flu Season is Here!

November 25, 2008

(Nov. 18, 2008) Remember to cough into your sleeve to prevent spreading germs. Know someone who is not up to snuff with their coughing etiquette? Send them this fun video!

State EOC activated due to floods in Western Washington

November 17, 2008

(November 12, 2008)The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at a Phase II at 10:00pm Nov 11 in response to flooding condutions on several Western Washington rivers. Heavy rainfall has caused rivers in Mason, Grays Harbor, Whatcom, Clallam, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Lewis and Thurston counties to approach or exceed flood state. County emergency operations centers have been activated in Kind, Pierce, Lewis, Whatcom and Snohomish counties.

Steve Charvat Re-Elected as CREW Secretary

November 12, 2008

(Oct. 17, 2008) UWEM Director Steve Charvat was re-elected for a third term as the Secretary of the Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup at its quarterly meeting in Sidney, BC. In this role, Steve is part of the CREW Executive Board and one of the four Executive Officers. CREW is a regional earthquake consortium made up of members from the public and private sectors stretching from British Columbia to Northern California.

Crime Incident on Red Square @1:00 pm

October 31, 2008

(10/30/08 Updated 2:39 pm) Shortly before 1 p.m. today, a man whose name is not yet known set himself on fire in the central seating area of Red Square on the University of Washington campus. University Police say he sustained severe gasoline burns on a large portion of his body. Medical personnel responded at the scene. According to UW officials, the man is not a student at the University. More details will be posted as they become available.

Who Depends on You? (10/03/08)

October 30, 2008

When emergency strikes, are you prepared so that you can take care of those depending on you? If an earthquake struck the Puget Sound region today, would you know how to get in touch with your children when the landlines are down the cell phones are jammed? If there were a heavy snow fall this winter and roads became impassable, would your elders be safe?

Children, spouse/partner, elders, pets, friends and work are depending on you. Make sure you are prepared to take care of them when the next disaster strikes. THEY NEED YOU! Join Siri McLean in a discussion about what everyone should know about protecting their loved ones.

This next workshop will be offered on:

October 29, Health Sciences, Room T-663, noon to 1:00 p.m.

UWEM Awards $100K in Grants: 5th Year of Successful Internal Grant

October 03, 2008

(09/16/08) A number of UW departments and operating units (including UW Medical Center, Laboratory Medicine, Housing, Earth & Space Sciences, Human Resources, Athletics and UW Technology) were recently awarded a total of $100,000 in internal emergency preparedness grants as part of the fifth year of the UW-internal emergency preparedness grant program. 17 proposals were submitted. The year, for the first time, nearly 100% 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 (PDF). All projects must be completed by June 1, 2009.

Campus Safety and Security Drill at Kane Hall: Tuesday, September 16th

September 18, 2008

(Sept. 10, 2008) The UW Police Department, in cooperation with the City of Seattle Police Department, will be conducting a mock training drill and exercise at Kane Hall on Tuesday, September 16th. The drill will take place from 10 am until 3pm. The simulated exercise will involve personnel from the UW Police and City of Seattle and will simulate the response to a campus violence event. The purpose of the drill is to improve the regional response capabilities of both the UW and City in dealing with campus violence. More information on this drill will be posted on the UW homepage on the date of the drill.

UW Receives New Weather Radios

September 15, 2008

(08/27/08) The University of Washington received six (6) new specialized emergency severe weather alert radios this week courtesy of the Federal Government. Funded by FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, Departments of Education, Commerce and Health and Human Services, these radios will serve an important public safety purpose. They will provide access to alerts and warnings and will provide UW emergency responders with an additional tool to provide our campuses (Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma) with information to respond quickly and appropriately should an incident develop.

UW Outdoor Alert Testing Scheduled for August 27, 2008

August 28, 2008

(8/26/08) UW officials will be testing the new UW Outdoor Alert System at 12 locations throughout the Seattle Campus from approximately 8 am until 7 pm. UW Technology Services, UW Police and UW Emergency Management personnel will be training and testing the new "blue phones" as part of our ongoing continuous improvement program.

Radio Interview (8/6/08)

August 26, 2008

The Plans & Training Manager, Siri-Elizabeth McLean, was featured this week on Movin 92.5 discussing emergency preparedness. Tune in and listen!

Annual Internal Disaster Preparedness Grant Open Thru Sept. 1st

August 07, 2008

(July 21, 2008) Its that time o' the year again. UWEM is soliciting proposals from any UW department, unit, campus or college for emergency preparedness projects. The simple 1-page online application can be found by clicking on the headline above. This annual $100K grant program has NO matching requirements and has funded nearly 62 projects over the past 3 years. All applications must be received by September 1st in order to be considered!

New Vice-Chair of Partners Conference

August 07, 2008

The new Plans and Training Manager, Siri McLean, was recently elected as the Vice-Chair of the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference steering committee.

UWEM Welcomes a New Team Member Siri-Elizabeth McLean

July 27, 2008

(July 21, 2008) Ms. Siri-Elizabeth McLean (Siri for short) today joined the UW Emergency Management Team.

She is the new Plans and Training Manager for UWEM. In this role, she will be responsible for many of the activities that Elenka Jarolimek used to do (including managing nearly $2 million in new FEMA mitigation grants), but also will be expanding to work on developing new training programs for students and faculty for disaster preparedness. She will also will be assisting in the development and update of department disaster plans, policies and procedures, and working on drills and in the EOC.

Siri is a UW graduate, having recently completed her Masters Degree in Critical Infrastructure Protection (aka "homeland security") in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning and recently worked as an emergency planner at Microsoft in Redmond, WA.

Siri's office will temporarily be located in Gerberding Hall Room B-78 (basement) until we can relocate her back into Suite 22 later this Fall. Her email is sirim@u.washigton.edu and her phone number is 206-897-8081.