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.

  • EOC Activation Level Changes in 2017 CEMP Update

    February 23, 2017

    With the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) in the final stages of the most current update, we wanted to provide some insight on one of the bigger changes in the plan. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation levels. The previous version had the lowest level of activation as a one (only UWEM staff) and the highest level of activation as a 3 (all EOC seats are filled).

    The current updated 2017 CEMP has incorporated National Standard for the University EOC activation levels, with level 3 being the lowest (only UWEM staff) and 1 being the highest (all EOC seats are filled). Our EOC activation levels are based on established triggers and communication with the Incident Commander or Unified Command. This is a critical element of information decision making to support University operations.

    With the changes in our activation levels, we are now in alignment with the City of Seattle EOC, the King County Emergency Coordination Center, and the State of Washington Emergency Management Division Eresource levels imageOC, and will hopefully facilitate better coordination, communication, and resource requests. We’ve included a simple image that shows the difference in what a level 3 or 1 means if you have taken any Incident Command System courses you know that we base everything on type and capability of a resource (including people, not just stuff). For this purpose, we’ll use a earthmover to show the capability of the equipment.


  • Inauguration Day Protests Impact Seattle Campus

    January 20, 2017

    Large-scale protests and counter-demonstrations took place on Red Square in the evening as a result of a controversial speaker in Kane Hall on the night of President Trump's inauguration.  Estimates of over 1,000 people congregating on central campus with minimal property damage. One person was injured on campus as a result of a gunshot wound.  The suspect was never caught.  UW's Emergency Operations Center was activated to support an active on-site incident command structure and law enforcement.


  • CEMP public comment period now OPEN!

    December 29, 2016

    commentMembers of the UW community as well as members of the general public are formally invited to review the UW's 2016 draft all-hazards Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and submit their questions, comments and recommendations to UWEM.  Updated every-other year, the CEMP is an important planning document that forms the foundation for the university's entire disaster and crisis mitigation, planning, response and recovery activities.  This 204-page DRAFT plan is open for public review and comment.  Interested parties may submit their comments online via a Google feedback form (link HERE).  All comments are due by COB January 20, 2017 (extended due date) to be considered and reviewed.  So put on your reading glasses and share your ideas and comments with us!


  • How Does the UW Stack up Against our Peers in Disaster Preparedness?

    December 7, 2016

    report coverEmergencies can happen anytime, anywhere and universities are often impacted. When a crisis or disaster occurs, it threatens public safety, the environment, property, the economy and university mission, critical infrastructure, and the health of individuals. In 2015, the National Center for Campus Public Safety, in partnership with the Disaster Resilient Universities® Network and the IAEM-Universities and Colleges Caucus, sponsored a nationwide study to identify emergency management program needs at institutions of higher education (IHEs), including the UW....READ MORE to see how the UW stacks up compared to our peers


  • Prepare in a year: Shelter-in-Place

    December 6, 2016

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    Sometimes the best way to stay safe in an emergency is to get inside and stay put inside a building or a vehicle.

    Get Inside, Stay Inside

    • Get inside – Bring your loved ones, your emergency supplies, and your pets.
    • Find a safe spot – The exact spot will depend on the type of emergency.
    • Stay put – until officials say that it is safe to leave.

    Stay in Touch

    Send a text message to your emergency contact. Let them know where you are, how you are doing, and if anyone in your family is not with you.

    Continue to listen to the radio station or local TV stations for updates. Do not leave your shelter unless authorities have said it is safe.

    Staying Put in Your Vehicle or Public Transportation

    In some emergencies, you might be in between work and home or another destination and it is safer to stay in your vehicle or on public transportation than to continue driving/ riding. If you are very close to home, work or a public building go there immediately and go inside. If you can’t get indoors quickly and safely:

    • Pull over to the side of the road – stop in a safe location.
    • Stay where you are – until officials have said it is safe to get back on the road.
    • Listen to the radio and social media for updates and additional instructions – even after it is safe to start driving again continue to listen to the radio and follow any additional instructions from officials.

    Sealing a Room

    In some types of emergencies, you will need to stop outside air from coming inside. If officials tell you to “seal the room”, you need to:

    • shelter_in_place-seal-roomTurn off things that move air, like fans and air conditioners.
    • Get yourself and anyone with you and pets inside one room that you can easily seal off, and bring your emergency supplies with you if they are close.
    • Block air from entering the room you are in.
    • Listen to radio stations, local TV stations, and social media for further instructions.

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