UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management (UWEM) is one of seven Facilities Services departments.  We provide technical and custom services to the entire institution, including individual and group training, orientations, consultative sessions, seminars and orientation materials as they relate to major campus crises, disasters and major emergency incidents.  With input from our stakeholders, we facilitate the development and implementation of institution-wide, department and individual protection programs and projects that promote disaster resilience, planning, training, mitigation, response, prevention and recovery for all-hazards.

  • Trouble using Google products with your NetID?

    January 18, 2018

    UW Emergency Management will sometimes utilize Google products to serve our community. This includes: Google Forms, Google Sites, Google Docs and Sheets, etc. Whether or not you are familiar with using Google products of any kind, it should be easy for anyone with a NetID to access whatever product we are asking you to use.

    If you are having trouble accessing the google product that we have sent you-
    1. Close out of your browser and/or open a brand new window
    2. Type in the web address bar: www.google.com
    3. If you are already signed into a Google account, there will be a circle at the top right with either a letter or your profile picture for that account. Click on that circle, and then click "Sign Out" on the bottom right.
    4. If you are not signed into any account (or you completed step 3), there will be a blue rectangle that reads "Sign in" in the top right corner. Click the rectangle.
    5. A small window will pop up asking you to sign in. Enter your full UW email address onto the "Email or phone" line (NetID@uw.edu) and click Next.
    6. You will be redirected to a University of Washington page asking you to enter your UW NetID and corresponding password. (This should look familiar)
    7. This brings you back to the original Google search page; you are now logged into Google with your UW NetID.

    This should resolve your problem. Please go back to the product you were having trouble with, and try again! Do this by clicking the original link, do not use the back button or simply switch tabs or windows.  

    We hope that helps! If you are still having trouble, please send us a note at disaster@uw.edu.


  • Back to the Basics: ERC Charter OPEN for Public Comment

    January 8, 2018

    The UW's Emergency Readiness Committee (ERC) is soliciting public comments from the UW community on its very first formal charter -- the governing document that charterdescribes for the format, structure, mission, and general procedures on how our committee works.  While the ERC (and the previous EMPC) has been meeting bi-monthly since 2005, we never had a formal charter to guide our proceedings.  Click here to take a peek at the DRAFT charter.  We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.  The final charter will be presented and voted by members of the ERC at its next meeting on March 1, 2018.  Submit your comments to disaster@uw.edu by February 15, 2018.


  • One Year to Husky Ready

    January 8, 2018

    Image of Megan Levy sharing her vision to build a continuity plan in a year

    Megan Levy, BARC Manager, shares her new year's resolution vision board for a pilot to "Build Your Plan in a Year."

    When I started in my role as Business, Academic, and Research Continuity (BARC) Program Manager in September, I immediately familiarized myself with our Husky Ready tool, and began the process of sitting down with department stakeholders across the enterprise to find out what they thought of the tool and continuity planning overall. What I heard time and again: The whole process seems daunting and they don't know where to start.

    Updating UWEM's own plan, I experienced this feeling myself. These plans are based on the work teams are doing every day, but the process of gathering, organizing and recording the data can seem really big. In truth though, it's a lot of small, easy tasks that when drawn together create the basis for your plans and decision making.

    If we're not starting because it's all too big, why not start small?

    Based on feedback from stakeholder meetings, email surveys, and my own experiences, I developed a BARC New Year's resolution: make it easier for departments to start their continuity plans. To do this, I am trying out a new process. Instead of simply introducing teams to the Husky Ready tool, and offering my support as they tackle the process, I sat down to outline the steps. My goals:

    • One step per month, with clear instructions, obtainable checklists, and useful resources
    • Clear time commitments and outcomes for each step
    • Teams should be able to get support in the process, through easy to follow instructions, blog posts with useful background, and direct help from the BARC manager

    Build Your Plan in a Year

    The result was a dozen small processes instead of one big behemoth; one step per month to allow teams to tackle their continuity plans bit by bit with the goal of completing your first plan within a year. Each month, I will publish a blog post outlining that month's tasks, including time commitments and goals behind each step, as well as useful documentation and instructions on how to add the gathered information to Husky Ready. They will be linked on the Build Your Plan in a Year page, and will be supplemented by blog posts from me as questions arise or I identify key information that might be useful to you in your planning process. You do not need to start your planning in January and end in December. You do not need to complete each step in a month; you can combine two into one month, or spread one over three months. The goal is only to take what is big and unwieldy and make it manageable with clear mini-goals.

    The Perfect Process!

    Not so fast... 2018 is a pilot year for this program. There will be hiccups--I may be wrong on my timing, the tasks may not flow as easily into one another as I envision, it all may still seem too big. I welcome your feedback, the bad and the good, as you work through the process.

    Other Ways BARC Can Support Your Planning

    One of the benefits of this step-by-step planning is that it opens me up to spend more time with our departments, supporting them in the planning process. My job is clear: Help grow UW's business, academic, and research continuity planning. I can support your teams in this process, from facilitated discussions and presentations, to gut checks and reviews of the material you are gathering. If you have a support need, please reach out--I am happy to get creative with the process.

    Contact BARC

    Megan Levy, Business, Academic, and Research Continuity (BARC) Program Manager, can be reached via email at levym2@uw.edu or via phone at 206-897-8081


  • Real-Time Snow Removal Information

    December 20, 2017

    Tis the season! While Seattle is not known for getting much snow - it does happen, and it does affect what goes on around here! Did you know that Facilities Services maintains two online maps featuring snow accumulation and snow removal during such weather events? Check them out!

    Snow Removal: Roads & Snow Removal: Sidewalks

    "Footsteps in the Quad. Snow falls on the University of Washington Seattle Campus over Winter break. December 20th, 2013. Photo by Katherine B. Turner"

    "Footsteps in the Quad. Snow falls on the University of Washington Seattle Campus over Winter break. December 20th, 2013. Photo by Katherine B. Turner"

    A friendly reminder that the UW Seattle campus will never close, however it may suspend operations. To get the most up-to-date information on class cancellations, building closures, etc. − be sure you are enrolled to receive notifications via UW Alert's SMS (text) feature. Need help thinking of alternate ways to get to campus? Transportation Services can help with commute options. For more general winter safety tips and tricks, check out the Winter storm page on our website!


  • Great UW ShakeOut 2017: Recap

    December 11, 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, the UW Emergency Management team has been reflecting on some of our biggest events of the past year.

    Facebook_ShakeOut_GetReady_1200x900The 2017 Great UW ShakeOut was a huge success, for example! While not required in order to participate, UWEM asked that our friends across the university  register internally with us so that we know how our community is taking advantage of this nation-wide earthquake drill. At the end of the day, 74 departments (totaling almost 4000 people) told us that they participated in the Great UW ShakeOut in some way. While the main purpose of the Great ShakeOut is to practice DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON - many departments use it as an opportunity to also practice fire evacuation procedures, take inventory of emergency kits around the office, and/or update their Business Continuity (BARC) plans.

    Additionally, 2017 is the first year in which the SMS (text) and email portions of UW Alert were tested during the Great ShakeOut. This means that we were able to reach a portion of the UW Community who may have not heard about the Great ShakeOut from other sources!

    From all of us here at UW Emergency Management, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to practice your response to ground movement. Your safety during an earthquake is our #1 priority!

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