Newsletter: October, 2007


What: 2nd Annual Building Emergency Responder Summit When: Tuesday, November 6, 1:00 2:30 p.m. Where: Hogness Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, A-Wing Who: Building Coordinators Evacuation Wardens CERT volunteers ATC-20 (Building Inspection) staff Campus emergency response personnel - UW Police, EH&S PEAT Team members, Facilities Services staff

Crisis communications and response is the big buzz on campuses across the nation and the UW is no exception. Come and learn what steps were taking to improve crisis communications on campus, and find out how it will affect emergency response on campus. Join us for this informational forum. Hear what we have to share, ask questions, tell us what you think.

— Clarice Hall, Special Projects Manager

UWEM Has a New Boss and “Homeroom”

With the retirement of long-time supporter of UWEM Sandra Lier, the Business Services Division has been dissolved. UWEM and other Business Services Departments (Police, Records Management, Publication Services, and Real Estate)have been reassigned to other administrative units across campus. UWEM will be one of 7 operating units as part of the Facilities Services Department, under the leadership of Associate Vice President Charles Kennedy. Our programs, grants, support and everything else will remain the same. We still have the same location, mailing and email addresses and phone numbers.

Our customers should not see any changes in the level of service as we make adjustments as part of this much-larger organization. Keeping in mind our unofficial motto “SEMPER GUMBY” (always flexible), we will continue to work with our partners and customers in providing a superior level of service in meeting our mission: to make the UW a global leader in campus disaster resilience.

— Steven Charvat, CEM, UWEM Director

Watch Out. — It Could Be Another BAD Winter!

The famous La Nina, the wicked sister of the more famous El Nino, has returned. What does this mean for us in Washington State and the rest of the Pacific Northwest?? A few things….According to NOAA and the National Weather Service, a moderate or strong La Nina weather pattern in the Central Pacific Ocean will mean that Washington State can expect a nastier-than-normal winter. It is expected to shift the jet stream north from last year, giving Washington State above-average precipitation. That means more lowland rains in the Puget Sound area and more snow in the Olympics and Cascades. Temperatures this winter (November - March) are expected to be average. The Puget Sound area can expect more severe windstorms, more rain and yes, more snow in than in an average year. UWEM will be working with its regional and campus partners to ensure that the UW is prepared for what may be a harsh winter. Stay tuned….

— Details Provided from the NWS Seattle Office

Annual UW Internal Disaster Grants Announced

The annual UW internal disaster preparedness grant program awarded funds to 18 UW units, departments, campuses and colleges earlier this month. Over $439,000 in requests were received by the August 31st deadline representing 36 separate applications. While only the strongest applications were approved, UWEM was able to provide full or partial funds to 50% of the projects and to over 75% of the applicants (some departments submitted multiple projects). For more information, go to

This popular program, the only of its kind in the US, is available to ANY university department, unit or organization. Information and applications can be found online on the UWEM homepage under “Disaster Grants” (left toolbar).

— Dede Hough, Fiscal Specialist

UWEM Gets Another Federal Grant for Campus Emergency Response

This past August, UWEM received official notification from Washington State Emergency Management that we received a $208,000 grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. This grant will pay 100% of the costs for the UW Police to purchase, install, test and train staff on the use of mobile data computers for most of their patrol vehicles. These MDCs will allow UPWD to share critical incident and vehicle information with other regional responders.

— Steve Charvat, UWEM Director