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!
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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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
UW CERT Program Being Suspended Indefinitely
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
UW Campus Volunteers Needed for Sound Shake Disaster Drill
UWEM is calling a few dozen volunteers from the Seattle campus to help out at the statewide earthquake drill on Wednesday, March 5th from 8:30am - 4:30 pm. We need people to help run the drill, be earthquake victims or help out in the UW's disaster command center. If interested, call us at 206-897-8080. Volunteers will be trained, fed and will get a better sense of the UW's disaster response plans and activities. FUN STUFF!
UW Begins Campus Disaster Plan Update
The UW has just begun the biannual wholesale update of its campus disaster plan. The UW's Emergency Response Management Plan (ERMP) is now open for public comment and review. The focus of the plan is the effective operational response and recovery from all-hazards and disasters. Comments on the plan are due to UWEM by COB, Friday, February 22, 2008.
2008 National Earthquake Conference in our Own Backyard
Just your fellow disaster groupies from April 22-26th at the Downtown Seattle Westin hotel for the 2008 NATIONAL earthquake conference. Why Attend?
Understand the research: Develop a shared understanding of the scientific, engineering, and social research that underlies our ability to assess, mitigate, and respond to earthquakes across the U.S. (California, Pacific NW, New Madrid, Northeast, Southeast)
Exchange ideas about tools for earthquake hazard and risk reduction: Exchange key information on the needs and state of the art in technological and informational products meant to facilitate earthquake hazard mitigation and response
Showcase successful programs: Present and discuss successful earthquake and other hazard mitigation and response programs in the public and private sectors
Learn from past disasters: Relate the lessons learned from large-scale disasters to probable future earthquakes
Discover and build on new approaches and solutions to achieving resiliency to earthquakes
Record Flooding Hits Region and UW Impacts
(Updated 12/03/07 2:00pm). As a result of the near-record rainfall over the past 30 hours, the UW-Seattle campus remains OPEN for all classes and activities with 1 (one) exception. Due to flooding in a basement-level high voltage utility room, Condon Hall has canceled most classes today due to potential for loss of electricity. Details on those classes that are canceled can be found on the Office of the Registrar's emergency website. Click on the headline above to be taken to that link.
Annual UW Winter Inclement Weather Policy Revisited
(Posted 11/9/07) With a stronger-than-normal "La Nina" winter pattern expected this winter, UW students faculty and staff are asked to review the UW's official inclement weather policy. Click on the the title above for more information and links to important details.
UW Issues MRSA Guidelines and Recommendations
(Posted 11/20/07) The UW's campus health officials have posted and distributed a number of recommendations related to MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. This information includes protective actions due and is the result of recent increased mass publicity on local MRSA infections. This easy-to-understand information can be found at the UW's Hall Health website by clicking on the title above.
UWEM Hosts 2nd Annual UW Building Emergency Responder Summit
(November 6, 2007) UWEM, in cooperation with C&C, Media Relations & Communications, hosted the 2nd Annual UW Building Emergency Responder Summit on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Click here for all the details (time, location, agenda) This FREE event, attended by over 200 UW staff, was open to all UW staff, but primarily for staff responsible for building safety and disaster response (Building Coordinators, Evacuation Wardens, UW CERT, Department Administrators, Health & Safety Committee members…). The focus of this year's summit was campus crisis communication: how information on critical campus events are transmitted to key building staff. We updated staff on new and proposed processes and tools on how we can better communicate with our campus population. Click on the title for copies of Summmit materials.
New UW Campus Emergency Volunteer Study Posted Online
(Oct. 8, 2007) UWEM recently completed a 9-month comprehensive study outlining the issues and challenges of developing a post-disaster emergency volunteer program for the Seattle campus. This 61-page comprehensive report, identifies other current volunteer programs at the UW, legal and regulatory requirements for implementing a disaster volunteer program and provides a series of recommendations for improvement for a future disaster volunteer management program.
UWEM Director Selected for FEMA Advisory Council
(Oct. 5, 2007) FEMA Region X Director Susan Reinertson announced the appointment of UWEM Director Steven Charvat, CEM to the newly-created FEMA Region IX Advisory Council. This council will advise the FEMA Regional Director on policy issues related to disaster preparedness ,response and recovery issues covering the State of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. Mr. Charvat's term of appointment is 2-years and will conclude on December 31, 2009.
UWEM Gets a New Boss
Effective September 17, 2007, UWEM officially began reporting to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Facilities Services. AVP for Facilities Services Charles Kennedy will be overseeing all emergency management services along with the current 6 major service divisions in Facilities Services. All UWEM staff and services will remain the same, as well as our focus on exceptional customer service. Same phone numbers, mailing addresses and "semper gumby" motto. More to follow…..
UWEM Announces Internal Grant Awards in 4th Year of Successful Program
18 UW departments and operating units (including Pack Forest, Friday Harbor, and UW-Tacoma) were recently awarded $100,000 in internal emergency preparedness grants as part of the fourth year of the UW-internal emergency preparedness grant program. 36 proposals were submitted totaling over $439,000 in requests. Over 75% 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 30, 2008.
UW Helping to Lead the Way on Campus CERT Programs CANCELLED
THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED ON 9/27/07: UW Emergency Management is partnering with Michigan State University and the US Department of Homeland Security to co-host a Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) train the trainer course here at the UW on Oct 9-11. This course is designed to help other education institutions develop their own CERT programs to assist in emergencies and disasters. The UW-CERT team has about 270 members who are volunteers drawn from UW faculty and staff. The UW-CERT program has been recognized as one of the leading university CERT programs in the United States and is a model for other universities to follow.
PROTECTING AMERICA TOWN HALL MEETING (9/13/07)
On Thursday, September 13, ProtectingAmerica.org and University of Washington Emergency Management will hold a
Elenka Leaving UWEM for the City of Seattle
After nearly 5 years of service to the UW, Elenka Jarolimek, Emergency Management Specialist, will be leaving UWEM for a new position with the City of Seattle. She has accepted a position as with the Fleets and Facilities Department as their first Emergency Management Coordinator effective September 4th. Elenka was instrumental in developing a world-class mitigation program at the UW and will be missed. Best of luck in the next step in your career!
Attention UW Building Coordinators!
We hope you plan to attend the Building Coordinators meeting scheduled for July 25, 2007 at 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. in 102 Johnson Hall. You should have received an invitation to this meeting via email from Norm Arkans