UW Emergency Management
Are you ready for the next big earthquake?
July 27, 2016
UWEM's own Scott Preston graduated from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD, after he completed the full curriculum that provides the strategic level training and education and the essential skills needed for emergency management professionals to manage dynamic and resilient emergency management programs on July 15, 2016.
Preston completed the four one week resident courses in the Advanced Academy including: A Survey of Advanced Concepts in Emergency Management, Assessment and Application of Professional Style in Emergency Management, Advanced Concepts and Issues in the Emergency Management Organization and Advanced Concepts and Issues in the Emergency Management Community and Profession.
mpleting a Research Project one month prior to attending the final course. The Advanced Academy provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their critical thinking ability through a guided research project. Students apply the key learning concepts from the Advanced Academy curriculum relative to their own skillsets and abilities within their organizations, and their own performance environment.
June 21, 2016
Extended Event Planning... is kind of like camping.
Coping with the impact of disaster is never fun. However, much of the inconvenience and discomfort the disaster causes can be reduced by planning alternative ways to take care of your needs.
Consider alternate ways to:
- light your home (stay away from candles)
- cook or boil water
- have shelter besides your house (that is potentially damaged)
- store food that needs to stay cold
- maintain a sanitary space (doggy bags are good for people too!)
- get emergency information (no smartphones!)
Like camping [or glamping] you can choose and plan for comfort rather than being inconvenienced by not having what you want or need.
Admittedly, at first glance, the emergency supply checklist can seem overwhelming. At second glance, you will realize you already have a lot of the items listed. Try checking off those items, and circling the items you still need. Then, pick just one circled item to pick up on your next shopping trip. Continue to pick one circled item at a time until you are more prepared than ever!
June 7, 2016
Nearly 50 UW staff temporarily altered their work schedules today and joined nearly 20,000 others in a 4-state region in practicing their skills responding to a simulated 9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Three specialized UW teams practiced their rapid structural building inspection skills, hazardous chemical response and specialized disaster mitigation skills in caring for research animals. The UW's EOC coordinated these field activities and linked the uw with the City, County and State officials. Many lessons were learned to allow us to improve university plans and training for the day when the "Real One" finally hits!
June 3, 2016
The University of Washington's online business/academic/research continuity (BARC) planning system will migrate to Kuali Ready's new version on July 5, 2016, with guidance from our local Kuali Customer Success Manager, Tony Benjamins. The migration will include a number of benefits over the prior versions, including a more intuitive user interface. Little or no impact to data is expected.
Users who are already using Husky Ready (our brand of Kuali Ready) will automatically have their plans migrated to the new version. If you have any concerns regarding the migration, please contact UW Business Continuity Manager Scott Preston at 206-897-1882.
May 24, 2016
Let's talk about... IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS!
After a major disaster, having PHYSICAL access to certain documents will reduce some delay and frustration in getting life “back to normal”. Yes, this means having PRINTED copies stored somewhere safe in your home or emergency kit.
- property insurance (home, auto, boat)
- health insurance and prescriptions
- financial papers (investments, taxes, etc.)
- other important documents: will, power of attorney, estate papers, etc.
- photos of all valuables and pets
Similarly, having physical copies of contact information will be invaluable. Think: Work, Kid’s school, local pet shelter, local urgent care center, out-of-area contact/family, etc.