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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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 UW Campus Emergency Volunteer Study Posted Online

November 05, 2007

(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

October 22, 2007

(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

October 08, 2007

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

October 08, 2007

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

September 27, 2007

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.


September 13, 2007

On Thursday, September 13, ProtectingAmerica.org and University of Washington Emergency Management will hold a

Elenka Leaving UWEM for the City of Seattle

August 23, 2007

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!

July 25, 2007

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


July 16, 2007

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

July 02, 2007

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

June 19, 2007

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

June 12, 2007

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

June 01, 2007

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.


May 22, 2007

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

May 02, 2007

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

April 30, 2007

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)

April 03, 2007

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)

April 03, 2007

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.

Join the UWEM "Gilligan

March 14, 2007

Stop by the UWEM Booth at the U-wide BIZTECH Fair on March 14th at the HUB Ballroom. Your UWEM friends (Gilligan, the Skipper, Maryann, Mrs. Howell and Ginger) will be providing tips and freebies to show you how you can best prepare for any disaster, even being stranded on a tropical island.

UW Emergency Manager Selected to Sit on National Evaluation of Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

March 02, 2007

UWEM Emergency Management Specialist, Elenka Jarolimek, was invited to participate in the Department of Homeland Security's FEMA National Evaluation of Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. This will consist of review and evaluation of grant applications from States, Communities and Tribes requesting funds to develop plans or projects that address the threat of natural hazards. The 2007 National Evaluation will result in the selection of mitigation projects and plans designed to reduce risks to population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from disaster declarations.

UWEM Customer Service Suggestions Showing Progress

February 27, 2007

As a result of the 2006 UWEM Customer Service Survey, our team has been working hard to fully-implement the 24 recommended service improvements suggested by our clients. To-date, we have completed 16 of the 24 (66%) suggestions! 3 are still in-progess or ongoing and only 5 have yet to begin. Click here to see all the exciting details as we continue to work hard to serve and protect our university.

UWEM Welcomes 2 New Staffers

February 20, 2007

UWEM is happy to welcome 2 members to our team. Ms. Suzy Bramwell, a graduate student in the School of Nursing will be working with us to develop a new Pandemic Flu webpage for the UW. Kate Nickel, will return to UWEM and is assisting us in the development of a new campuswide disaster volunteer management plan. Both will be working part-time. Join us in making them feel right at home. Click here for more information and their full biographies.


February 09, 2007

The first working copy of the UW's Pandemic Flu Guidance document (referred to as the Pan Flu "Plan") was officially released in its initial format to the campus on October 11, 2006. All UW Health and Safety Committees received a copy. This documents is a work-in-progress and will be revised by the UW's Advisory Commitee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD).

Time To Dust off the UW Inclement (Snow) Weather Policy

January 31, 2007

With the continued messy winter weather over the next few months, UW Emergency Management reminds students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the approved Inclement Weather Policy. All updates and closures will be posted on the UW Homepage and via the 206-897-INFO line with up-to-date information. Remember — the UW NEVER closes, we just suspend operations. Essential employees are still expected to show up to work!

Annual Partners in Emergency Preparedness Registrations Open NOW

January 03, 2007

Join over 500 local, state and regional emergency management professionals for the annual Partners in Preparedness Conference. This April 10-11, 2007 event will take place at the Tacoma Convention Center. This is the best disaster preparedness conference in the Northwest. Hurry up! Registrations fill up fast on a "first come — first registered" policy.