Symposium 2005: Best Practices in Risk Reduction for Colleges and Universities

A two-day symposium/workshop for emergency professionals serving colleges and universities

Thank You!

Thank you to all participants, speakers and presenters for making Symposium 2005, the first gathering of emergency professionals serving colleges and universities, a wonderful success! Your interest and enthusiasm for collaborating and networking with your peers for the purpose of sharing best practices in risk reduction was overwhelming and inspiring. We hope the information sharing between colleges and universities continues with the contacts you made, and look forward to the Symposium becoming an annual event.

Symposium 2005 Presentations

PowerPoint presentations and related documents and worksheets from the symposium are posted on this website as resource and reference materials for your emergency management toolkit. Presentations are available via clickable PDFs (click on blue-colored links):
     - Schedule Page
     - Presentations Page
     - Lesson Learned Information Sharing

Symposium Evaluation Summary

The results from the Symposium questionnaire have been tabulated and summarized. Click here to see what participants had to say about Symposium 2005!
     - Evaluation Summary

Symposium Photos

Check out some great photos taken at the event:
     - Photos

About the Symposium:

Thursday and Friday, January 27-28, 2005
University of Washington, HUB (Husky Union Building) [ map ]
Seattle, Washington USA

Join us for workshops and seminars led by nationally recognized experts in emergency management, business continuity and crisis communications

Who Should Attend?

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Joseph Morreale

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Pace University, New York, NY

Find out how Pace University, with a satellite campus at the World Trade Center and its main campus located a few blocks away, responded and recovered from the WTC attacks. Dr. Morreale will share lessons learned from 9/11.


Dr. Dennis Mileti

Author of Disaster by Design, and former chair of Department of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center at University of Colorado, Boulder.

Nationally recognized expert on hazard mitigation, Dr. Mileti offers his perspective on the importance of fostering a disaster resistant university and implementing hazard mitigation programs.


Thursday, January 27

7:45 - 8:30 a.m.


Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:50 a.m.


Welcome, announcements, and introductions

8:50 - 9:45 a.m.


Keynote speaker - Dr. Joseph Morreale, Provost, Pace University

9:45 - 12:15 p.m.


Morning break-out sessions

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.


Lunch and Speaker - Mr. Eric Holdeman, Director, King County Emergency Management

1:45 - 4:00 p.m.


Afternoon break-out sessions

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


Hosted cocktail reception


Friday, January 28

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:50 a.m.


Welcome, announcements, and introductions

8:50 - 9:45 a.m.


Keynote speaker - Dr. Dennis Mileti, Author, Disaster by Design

9:45 - 12:15 p.m.


Morning break-out sessions

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.


Lunch and speaker - Mr. Jim Mullen, Director, Washington Emergency Management Division

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.


Optional tour of structural and non-structural mitigation projects on UW campus

Schedule and Presentations

Download the presentation schedule:


Download the presentations:


Symposium registration fee:

   by 12/10  after 12/10

College and University





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Private Sector





Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch for both days, handout materials and access to online symposium proceedings. Hotel accommodations are not included in this fee. Please see Hotel Accommodations below.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms are being held at the University Tower Hotel at a special rate ($99 per night, single/double occupancy) for symposium attendees until 12/26/04. After registering for the Symposium, please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation and let them know you will be attending the "UW Emergency Management Symposium."

University Towers Hotel

Preparing for Symposium 2005 and your visit to Seattle


Seattle's weather in January is unpredictable. The average temperature in late January ranges from 36-48 degrees, but has also been as low as 16 and as high as 60 degrees. You can almost count on overcast days and possibly even rain. But then again, it could be clear and sunny, and you'll agree, the bluest skies you'll ever see are in Seattle!

Before you leave home, check the weather forecast:


Please dress comfortably in business casual attire for Symposium 2005. Considering our weather fluctuations, we recommend dressing in layers. A sweater to keep you warm and a raincoat or parka to keep dry will probably suffice. Good walking shoes that will keep your feet dry as you walk across campus are also recommended. Bring an umbrella just in case it rains.

Note: While it rarely dips below freezing in the winter, the chill is often “damp” due to the rain and may feel colder than the temperature indicates.


Location of Symposium 2005 on University of Washington campus

Symposium 2005 will be held in the University of Washington HUB - (Student) Husky Union Building in the north central part of campus. Link to campus map:,122,900,531

The general sessions will be held in the West Ballroom on the second floor. The breakout sessions will be in the meeting rooms on the second and third floors. All Rooms will be marked for the Symposium.

The hosted cocktail reception following the last session of the day on Thursday afternoon will be in the Washington Club, (formerly known as the Faculty Club), just northeast across the street from the HUB.

The University Tower Hotel is located two blocks from the northwest corner of the campus. The HUB is a pleasant 15 minute walk through campus from the hotel.

Miscellaneous Information links

Interesting Links

About the University of Washington
Greater University Chamber of Commerce
Seattle's Convention and Visitors Center

Contact Information

Clarice Nakata Hall
UW Emergency Management

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