(11/25/08) The new Plans & Training Manager, Siri-Elizabeth McLean, is offering one hour training sessions to groups that request on Emergency Preparedness.
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
New Emergency Preparedness Training Offered
Cold and Flu Season is Here!
(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 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
(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
(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)
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
(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
(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
(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
(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)
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
(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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is 206-897-8081.
July 2008 Newsletter Issued
(July 1, 2008) The Quarterly UWEM Newsletter was issued today. Click on the above headline to be taken to the issue and read about what's new with the UW's disaster management programs.
UW CERT Program Being Suspended Indefinitely
Effective May 29, 2008, the 5-year UW Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) program will officially be discontinued as a campus-wide disaster response resource. Information on this difficult decision can be found on the UW CERT website by clicking on the headline above. Thanks to the over 300 UW volunteers who participated in training and activations over the past 5 years!
No News Is Good News?!
(May 13-20,2008) There are no news stories for UWEM. Please check back in the future or look in the archives.
UWEM Recognizes its 5-Year Anniversary
(May 1, 2008) - UWEM officially recognized its 5-year anniversary today. As it completes its first half-decade of existence, it is important to look back at the many ground breaking and innovative accomplishments of this small division. The next year will bring continued challenges as UWEM continues to meet is vision: A disaster resistant university as a global model for other institutions of higher learning.
Annual "Drop, Cover and Hold" Earthquake Drill Coming April 22nd
UW Facilities Services recommends that all UW buildings, departments, offices and units participate in the annual statewide (voluntary) "Drop, Cover and Hold" earthquake drill on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 9:45 am. Building Coordinators, Emergency Wardens, professors, TAs and administrative staff are encouraged to participate by taking 15-minutes to practice this procedure that could possibly save your life. Click here for more information (PDF).
Sound Shake After-Action Report Now Available
On March 5th, the UW participated in the regional catastrophic earthquake exercise, called Sound Shake. The attached report highlights the lessons learned and outlines improvements that the UW should work on to improve its overall disaster response and recovery efforts. click here for a copy of the report.
New UW Outdoor Alert System Tested on 3/27/08
The UW Crisis Communications Team conducted the first test of the UW Outdoor Alert system on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 2 pm.
This wa the first field test of 10 (of 12) new outdoor alert pedestals. These new outdoor public address and emergency phones (aka the "code blue phones") include a distinctive tone alert followed by a voice instructions. This system-wide test includee field observers and technical experts who evaluatee the effectiveness of the sound quality, message clarity and overall campus coverage of the system.
The UW will continue to test the new UW Outdoor Alert emergency public alert system throughout the year — at least on a quarterly basis. Information on the tests was posted on the UW home website, as well as UWIN and the UW Emergency Management webpages.
UWEM to Co-Sponsor FREE Weather Spotter Training
Do you look at clouds and see more than just puffy cotton balls and rain? If so, the National Weather Service, in conjunction with UW Emergency Management and King County, wants you to attend FREE training for new and veteran spotters, on how to look for and report significant weather events. Training includes video demonstrations. The training will take place on April 15th from 6:30 - 9pm. Click here for more information.
Scott Preston Leaving UW for Wetter Pastures
Scott Preston, UWEM team member for the past 2.5 years is leaving the UW soon to become the very-first Emergency Management Coordinator for the Covington Water District. Scott developed the UW CERT Program as a nationwide model with over 300 UW staff trained, was one of our main ICS trainers, and the university's business continuity manager. He will be sorely missed by everyone who he met and worked with. Scott's last day will be Friday, March 14th. GOOD LUCK SCOTT!!
New UW Crisis Communications Plan Unveiled
(Reposted 2/15/08) A new campus crisis communications plan has just been published and is being distributed to key campus partners. This plan was developed over the Summer of 2007 in response to local and national events related to campus safety and the ability of the UW to quickly and reliably develop critical campus emergency messages for our community. This plan forms the basis for critical message development, approval and distribution. Click (here) for a PDF version of the plan.
The University of Washington will be a full-participant in the statewide SOUND SHAKE 08 earthquake disaster drill on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. As a regional partner in disaster planning, response and recovery, the UW will be conducting a number of real-time disaster response activities on the Seattle campus from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Besides fully-activating its campus Emergency Operations (command) Center as part of the drill, the UW will also be activating disaster response teams Harborview Medical Center, the UW Medical Center and other specialized response teams throughout the Seattle campus. This annual drill, the largest in over 10 years, will simulate the region