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!
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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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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 Campus Volunteers Needed for Sound Shake Disaster Drill
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
The Burke Museum is applying for federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program "December 2006 Severe Storm" (FEMA-1682-DR-WA), which is administered by the state of Washington Emergency Management Division. Local funds will be used as a match if the project is approved. The 2007 UW Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies the need to seismically retrofit the Museum
Call for Papers/Presentations for 2008 PEP Conference
UWEM is once again a member of the 2008 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference Steering Committee. The April 1-2, 2008 regional disaster conference will once again be held at the Tacoma Convention Center. UWEM partners and others are encouraged to submit speaking papers or presentations as part of the conference. If selected, you will receive a FREE registration to the event. More details can be found here.
UWEM Staff Elected Vice-Chair of IAEM University Committee
UWEM Director Steve Charvat was elected Vice-Chair of the International Association of Emergency Manager's (newly-formed) College and University Committee on May 25, 2007. This committee represents practicing EM officials in higher education institutions. IAEM is the world's largest professional association with over 3,000 members.
UWEM Director Chosen to Speak at S. American Conference
UWEM Director Steven Charvat has been selected as part of a 5-member US delegation to make a presentation on disaster management to the Argentina Institute of Standardization. This late-June weeklong conference will involve over 200 emergency management and engineering professionals from throughout South America.
FREE course - Earthquake Retrofit for Your House
You've heard the predictions, seen the fault line maps and even felt the earth shake in February 2001. Now it's time to ask yourself if your house can withstand another significant earthquake. Each time an earthquake hits, it weakens your house's structure, so past performance is no guarantee of future stability. Learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it requires earthquake retrofitting. Retrofitting methods and tools will be presented along with information on the City of Seattle code and permit requirements. TO REGISTER call Safeco' Neighborhood Academy at 206-545-6111. This training is FREE held both Thursdays, June 21st & June 26th.
After months of planning and testing, the UW's primary Pandemic Flu gateway webpage went live today (May 1st). This page is intended to be a gateway to up-to-date news, actions and notices to the UW campus and community on recent efforts, activities and policy decisions related to the UW's preparation for and response to a pandemic influenza event. Check back regularly for updates and news items. Click here for more information.
UW Staffers Selected to be part of the Seattle Metro Incident Management Team
Elenka Jarolimek and Scott Preston from UWEM along with David Girts from UWPD were selected to be part of the Seattle Metro Incident Management Team. The type III Incident Management team is made up of representatives from a variety of disciplines from different agencies in the Seattle Metro Area and King County. The Seattle Metro IMT will have a primary mission of assisting agencies and jurisdictions in providing incident management for complex incidents or large-scale special events.
April 24, 2007 is the Statewide Earthquake & Tsunami Preparedness Drill
Join UWEM and dozens of UW Departments, offices and buildings in participating in the voluntary statewide annual earthquake and tsunami response drill. UWEM recommends that all UW faculty, staff and students take 15-minutes out of their day to pracice the DROP-COVER-HOLD drill. These simple steps may one day save your life. Click [here} for more information
Gould Hall Shooting 12:25 pm Update (4/2/07)
This morning's shooting incident at Gould Hall has stablized. All afternoon and evening classes at Gould Hall have been cancelled or relocated at alternate sites. Classroom Support Services has contacted all instructional staff. The crime scene investigation is continuing. All students, faculty and staff have been evacuated from the building. The remainer of the UW Seattle Campus is OPEN.
Members of the UW community may make themselves available to a number of free services for crisis and grief counseling. Students may drop by the Student Counseling Center, located in Schmitz Hall, Room 401 to talk to trained counselors.
In addition, both students and faculty/staff may go to the UW's Mental Health Clinic, located at Hall Health, 3rd Floor, 206-543-5030, http://www.hallhealth.washington.edu/mentalhealth
Faculty and Staff may contact CARELINK, for immediate phone assistance or to schedule an individual appointment at 866-598-3978.
Gould Hall Shooting Update: 2:25 pm (4/2/07)
NEW: Information regarding relocated afternoon and evening classes can be found online at: http://depts.washington.edu/registra/gould.html
A double shooting early this morning Gould Hall has been stablized. Gould Hall will be closed for the remainder of the day for classes and meetings. All other UW buildings, classes and business will continue as usual.
The UW Office of the Registrar and Classroom Support Services are working together to relocate some classes and seminars scheduled for Gould Hall this afternooon and evening.
A criminal investigation is underway. Emergency services are on-scene. Updates will be provided if the situation changes.