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 firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details..plus we feed you! Click here for more information.
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
UW Needs Volunteers for Disaster Drill at Husky Stadium
UWEM Recognized in National Online Emergency Mgmt. "Chat"
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
Training Opportunity: Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents
The UW Office of Emergency Management has invited a couple of speakers from New Mexico Tech's EMRTC program to spend 4 hours talking about Preventing and Responding to Suicide Bombing Incidents (PRSBI).
The time and location of the presentation will be:
March 21, 2006 HSB T-435 (seating for 189) 0800-1200
We welcome all first responders, security, emergency management and others with a vested interest in this training to attend. We do ask for an RSVP to email@example.com or 206-897-2378 so we know how many to plan for. We've included the link for this class from New Mexico Tech if you are interested in reading more about the curriculum.
UW Offers New Undergraduate Course in Disaster Management
Beginning Spring Quarter 2006, the UW College of Architecture and Urban Planning will be offerering an exciting new undergraduate couse in disaster management. The course will focus on real-world emergencies and disasters and focus on how students can better prepare their own families and workplaces in case of the unthinkable. Course Developer Bob Freitag encourages anyone interested in the field to sign up for the URBDP 498 to sign up. Spots will fill up quickly.
Pandemic Flu Primer
Read more on the potential impacts of a major worldwide pandemic flu outbreak globally as well as regionally here in King County.
Because most or all people would not have immunity to a new pandemic virus, large numbers of persons around the world can be infected. If the pandemic virus causes severe disease, many people may develop serious illnesses.
Click here for more information.
New/Free Homeland Security Online Courses NOW Available
The Washington State Homeland Security Institute announced that it is now offering its first 4 online courses. Click here for more information on the following FREE courses: Personal Protective Equipment, Operational Safety & Security, Mass Decontamination, and WMD Awareness. These courses are available 24/7 and are approved by the US Office of Domestic Preparedness.
Regional Pandemic Flu Workshop Webcast (January 30th)
Harborview Medical Center and Public Health-Seattle and King County are sponsoring a Regional Pandemic Flu Conference, Monday, Jan. 30. The day-long event will address issues that would face the Northwest if there were a pandemic flu outbreak. Designed for clinicians and hospital administrators, it will feature speakers from Harborview, Public Health—Seattle and King County, and the national Centers for Disease Control. Topics include community coordination, infection control in the health-care setting, an update on antiviral drugs, health-care facilities preparation, patient care issues, and palliative care.
Although registration for the conference is full, the event will be Webcast, "Live" on January 30. A link to the Webcast is available from this page. The event will also be broadcast on UWTV and the Research Channel later this spring.
In Case of Emergency (ICE) Recommendation
UW OEM is joining with rescue personnel in asking people to program on their cell phones' address book
UWEM Featured on King County Television
Starting in December, KCTV, King County Public Access Television's Project Impact show will regularly-highlight the UW Office of Emergency Management, its innovative programs and Homeland Security activities. Click here to view the entire program on your computer or consult your cable TV guide for programing times/dates (Comcast Digital Cable 22 or Millennium Digital Cable 72 or 80.)
Come help the Office of Emergency Management during our January 11, 2006 disaster response training. We
UWEM Hiring for a New Business Continuity Manager
UWEM has an outstanding 1 year, full-time opportunity for a Business Continuity Manager to direct the development and implementation of a new business continuity and disaster resumption program for the University of Washington. Additionally, the individual will work closely with the Office of Emergency Management, Computing and Communications, primary operating departments and business units, government agency partners and the DIS-selected product vendor to launch the new statewide enterprise business continuity software for campus-wide implementation.
The Business Continuity Program Manager will be responsible for managing activities and new programs related to the initial development, and on-going support and maintenance of UW
Martha Knows Best
Domestic Diva Martha Stewart recently published and highlighted "30 Things Everyone Should Know" in her magazine and syndicated television show. The #1 recommended action was………………… drumroll please………………………….. "Put Together the Perfect Survival Kit." Click here for more information on how you can be more like Martha. Now, get to work!
Top 12 Disaster Myths
With all the recent media coverage of national and global disasters, many rumors and "urban myths" have once again resurfaced regarding disasters and how to recover from them. Click here for the truth behind 12 common disaster myths! You may be surprised how little you actually knew about disaster and catastrophic events.
2006 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference Announced
Save the date! The Partners In Emergency Preparedness Conference 2006 will take place in Tacoma, WA on April 18-19, 2006 the brand new Tacoma Convention Center. Keep checking Washington State University Conferences and Professional Programs for updates on the event. Click here for more information.
Katrina Assistance Workshop - November 22, 2005
The "Katrina Assistance Workshop" is scheduled for Tuesday November 22, 2005 at the downtown Seattle Washington Convention Center.
This free event is open to individuals who have been directly impacted by the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in September 2005. The event will be hosted by organizations (public, private or non-profit) who might can providing assistance to displaced individuals and families here in the Puget Sound Region.
This is an opportunity for people impacted by these disasters to know more about, and take advantage of assistance that is available to them. Parking and Child-care are free. More information.
Day of Reflection and Action on the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
The School of Social Work has planned a Day of Reflection and Action in response to the events of Hurricane Katrina November 8, 2005 from 12:30 to 6PM. The impacts surrounding this disaster have significance at every level of social work practice in alleviating the underlying inequalities highlighted by this event. Sessions will be held at the School of Social Work at 4101 15th Ave. NE.
Hurricanes Katrina & Rita Devastate the US Gulf Coast
The September 2005 twin Hurricanes Katrina & Rita struck the US, left over a thousand dead, damage estimates over $200 Billion and has left hundreds of thousands people homeless in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Dubbed the "American Tsunami," relief efforts continue throughout the region. Click here for more information on resources available nationwide for victims and other impacted citizens of the Gulf Region.
UWEM Announces 2nd Year Internal-UW Disaster Grant Recipients
Ten UW Departments and operating units were recently awarded over $100,000 in internal emergency preparedness grants as part of the second year of the UW-internal emergency preparedness and homeland security grants program. Over 25 proposals were submitted totalling over $1 million in requests. Over 65% 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. All project must be completed by June 30, 2006.
Join our UWEM Webpage Focus Group Workshop
… if you are a regular "lurker" or user of the our webpage, please join us on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm for our first annual OEM Webpage Users Focus Group Workshop. Bring your ideas, criticisms and suggestions on how we can make our site even more user-friendly. This workshop is limited to the first 24 people who sign up. OPEN TO ALL USERS (students, faculty, staff, and even non-UW users!!). Click here for more details. A free disaster preparedness gift will be given to everyone who attends!