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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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

The 12 Days of Christmas - Disaster Style

December 26, 2006

Most people believe that on the First Day of Christmas the appropriate gift to give is a PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE. Well, the American Red Cross believes in building Disaster Resistant Neighborhoods during the Holiday Season as well during the Hurricane Season.

To help you in purchasing stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts designed to make individuals, families and the homes they live in as safe as possible, the American Red Cross has put together the following recommendations for gifts for the Twelve Days Of Christmas.

Now Clean up begins

December 15, 2006

Re-routes remain in effect due to the closure of the Evergreen Point Bridge (State Route 520). Metro and Sound Transit routes will make regular stops in downtown Seattle or the University District, and then operate via I-5, I-90, and I-405. Stops at Montlake Freeway Station, Evergreen Point Freeway Station, and Yarrow Point Freeway station will not be made. However, a shuttle will serve Evergreen Point and Yarrow Point freeway station and will connect to other service at Bellevue Transit Center. The bridge will reopen to traffic when winds subside and the bridge has been inspected. This could be as late as noon today. As blockages are cleared and highways reopen, Metro will reassess service changes and reroutes and make adjustments until conditions are back to normal. (12-15-2006 09:54:00 AM)

High Winds Disrupt Transit

December 15, 2006

The SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge has re-opened to traffic and buses.

Until further notice, other Eastside transit routes north of I-90 are serving only Park & Ride lots, Transit Centers, and Freeway Station stops due to numerous road blockages in neighborhoods.

Transit service has resumed normal operations on the University of Washington campus, however power outages, roadway obstructions, and flooding may continue to delay or reroute bus service throughout Metro's service area. (Friday, December 15, 1:45 PM)

Weather continues to affect Transit service

December 15, 2006

Transit service has resumed normal operation on the University of Washington campus.

The SR-520 Bridge remains closed, but is expected to re-open before the afternoon commute - as soon as it is deemed safe.

Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses that normally cross SR-520 are serving regular stops in downtown Seattle and the University District, then operating via I-5, I-90, and I-405, missing stops at Montlake Freeway Station, Evergreen Point Freeway Station, and Yarrow Point Freeway Station. However, the Medina Shuttle serves Evergreen Point and Yarrow Point Freeway Stations and connects to other service at Bellevue Transit Center. (12-15-2006 11:47:00 AM)

UW Campus Snow/Ice Update for November 29 (Posted 4:30 pm)

December 01, 2006

Evening classes in Seattle are cancelled. UW Bothell is suspending operations at 3:30 PM. UW Tacoma is suspending operations at 5:00 PM. With today

New Business Continuity Management Website is Live

November 28, 2006

UW Emergency Management is pleased to announce that the UW Business Continuity website is now live, offering ideas and helpful hints on how to get your business unit prepared.

Oct. 24 UW Building Emergency Responder Summit Materials Now Online

November 14, 2006

UWEM, in cooperation with UW Police, Facilities Services, EH&S and Seattle Fire, hosted the 1st Building Responder Summit on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. This event 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…) A copy of the Powerpoint presentation may be viewed/downloaded by clicking HERE.

Business Continuity Symposium (November 6th)

November 07, 2006

UW Emergency Management, in cooperation with the UW Business School and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 2006 Business Continuity Symposium November 6, 2006 in the Walker-Ames Room at Kane Hall, Room 225. This is a FREE event.

Our guest speaker will be Brian Yeoman of the Houston Area Research Center, an expert on disaster recovery at universities. Additional presentations by Barbara Benson, Director of UW Records Management on vital records protection and Scott Preston, UW Business Continuity Manager on best practices in business continuity management. Please RSVP to disaster@u.washington.edu

UWEM Hosts 1st Building Emergency Responder Summit

October 26, 2006

UWEM, in cooperation with UW Police, Facilities Services, EH&S and Seattle Fire, hosted the 1st Building Responder Summit on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. This event 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…) Click here for a preliminary program and program specifics. A copy of the Powerpoint presentation will be posted online in the near future. CHECK BACK SOON!

QuakeFest: Get Ready To Rumble!

October 11, 2006

October 11, 2006, 11 AM

UWEM Announces $100K for Campus Disaster Improvement

September 25, 2006

On this 5th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the UW announces the third year awards of $100,000 grants to 16 UW units to increase the UW's homeland security and emergency preparedness efforts. This highly-sucessful internal competitive grants program, provides seed funding for UW department and unit projects that meet one or more of the UW's hazard mitigation and emergency response initiatives and plans. Click here for a listing of (16 of 28) funded projects for FY 2006-2007.

UW Special Events Mobile Command Vehicle Ready for Action!

September 25, 2006

The UW now has another tool to use to respond to all sizes of emergencies - from small-scale incident, to catastrophic disasters. The Special Event Mobile Operations Command vehicle (SEMOC, for short), has been acquired by the C&C department to provide critical incident site communications and support during and after emergencies impacting the Seattle Campus.

UW-CERT on NW Cable News for 9/11/2006

September 14, 2006

NW Cable News filmed a news story on the UW's Campus Emergency Response Team (UW-CERT)team on 9/7/06. Volunteers from C&C and HSB CERT teams staged a mock-rescue of "George", our UW-CERT rescue dummy. Bruce Menzies & Lynetta Holifield did a great job answering interview questions on behalf of UW-CERT. The newscast will air through-out the day on Monday, September 11, 2006 and will have a more in-depth story broadcast around 7:00 PM PST on NW Cable News. If you have any questions about UW-CERT, please contact the UW Office of Emergency Managment at 206-897-CERT or disaster@u.washington.edu.

UWEM Unveils New Logo

September 11, 2006

The UW Emergency Management officially unveiled its new (and first) department logo on 8/17/06. The logo, which will be used in all future promotions, printed and electronic materials, was developed an internal team working with a professional graphic artist. The simple, exciting design was chosen to reflect UWEM's core values and activities: inclusiveness, action, progress and global partnerships. Click here for a better view!

2006 UWEM Customer Survey Results Released

September 06, 2006

The very-first customer service survey for the UWEM were released today. Overall, UWEM received very high ratings in the full spectrum of services we provide to the campus. Included in the report are a number of excellent suggestions for improvement that will be evaluated by the OEM team. Thank you to everyone who participated in this ground-breaking effort! Click here to review the full 41-page report (in PDF format) Click here

UW Pandemic Flu Exercise Deemed a "Success"

August 01, 2006

On May 31, 2006, nearly 90 UW, City, County and State officials responded to a major outbreak of pandemic flu impacting the UW Campus. But, it was only a drill. This event, part of the UW's annual disaster drill cycle, focused on the policy and operational planning considerations for the UW and its community partners. A full copy of the After-Action report can be found by clicking [ here ] .

UWEM Staffer Gains National Certification

July 21, 2006

UWEM Emergency Management Specialist Elenka Jarolimek received notification on July 3rd that she has achieved the status of CEM (Certified Emergency Manager). Elenka is one of only 544 CEMs worldwide and gained this recognition through passing a rigorous examination and approval of her professional contributions application package. The CEM program is administered by an independent national peer-review panel.

UW Needs Volunteers for Disaster Drill at Husky Stadium

July 15, 2006

The UW needs at least 200 volunteers to act as victims at our annual field disaster drill at Husky Stadium on Sunday, July 23rd (7am - 2pm). This drill, in cooperation with the City of Seattle & other emergency response agencies, will be the largest ever for the UW. Free Lunch will be provided for all participants. For more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact Scott Preston at scottpre@u.washington.edu for all the details..plus we feed you! Click here for more information.

UWEM Recognized in National Online Emergency Mgmt. "Chat"

July 11, 2006

The UW's Emergency Management Program was once-again recognized as a national leader in college/university disaster preparedness. The June 28, 2006 online EIIP Emergency Management Forum, hosted by King County EM Director Eric Holdeman, discussed the Phase II results of the new federal National Plan Review (NPR). In reply to a question about campus preparedness, the UW was singled out as a beacon for other higher education institutions!

UWEM Staffer Wins International Recognition

June 01, 2006

UWEM Emergency Management Specialist Elenka Jarolimek was honored to receive a full scholarship to attend the 2006 Annual Natural Hazards Conference in Boulder, CO July 9-12, 2006. Selected from 41 applicants from 17 countries, Elenka is only one of 2 recipients this year. She will represent the UW and her profession as another shining-star of what UWEM is doing to better our institution. Congratulations Elenka!

Campuswide Pandemic Flu Exercise Planned for May 31st

June 01, 2006

OEM is coordinating a campuswide communicable disease tabletop drill on Wednesday, May 31st. Over 85 UW, community and regional public health officials will convene for this 6-hour drill. The purpose is to further develop detailed plans, policies and procedures in responding to the potential of a worldwide pandemic impacting the UW's operations. This invitation-only event will result in improvements to the UW's emergency response activities and efforts.

UWEM Now Offers Disaster Video Lending Library

May 19, 2006

The UWEM now offers to lend out, free-of-charge, over 70 VHS tapes and DVDs for UW staff, students, faculty and classes. Disaster topics on tape range from earthquakes, fires, terrorism, mass fatalities to personal, business and family preparedness. Contact UWEM for a full listing of available tapes. Like Blockbuster, we do not charge any late fees!

"3 Days - 3 Ways" Public Campaign Launched

May 11, 2006

"3 Days, 3 Ways, Are You Ready?" is a public motivation campaign developed through a joint effort between emergency management agencies throughout King County to raise awareness of citizens to get prepared for a major event in our area. The campaign is designed to be easy to learn the steps to preparedness. The three key ingredients are make a plan, get a kit, and get involved. Any step a citizen takes today will put them in a stronger position to be more resilient in a major event such as earthquake, winter storms or terrorist attack.

Higher education programs jump in response to recent events

April 28, 2006

Following 9/11 and now Katrina there has been an explosion of higher education degree programs in emergency management. For those of you looking to either enter the field of emergency management or obtain higher level degrees in the subject area this Web site (external) provides a list of colleges, universities and institutions offering emergency management courses

C&C Launches new "eOutage" Automatic Notification System

March 24, 2006

Starting March 14th, C&C will allow the UW Community to sign up for an automated list for receiving email notifications about major campus service disruptions that impact communications, computing, networking, & power. This listserv will be the primary source of info. regarding widespread outages. It will not announce outages that affect smaller portions of campus or that are resovled before an announcement can be sent. This service will not solve all outage notification needs, nor will it replace pre-existing notification methods. Information can be found at http://www.washington.edu/eOutage/ and by telephone at 206.eOutage (206.368.8243) or toll-free 1.866.368.8243.