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.

  • Prepare in a year: August

    August 26, 2016

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    Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires after a major earthquake.

    Water quickly becomes a precious resource after any disaster. Cracked lines can cause pollution to your water supply and/or water in your toilet or hot water tank can leak out.

    Electricity sparks have the potential of igniting natural gas if it is leaking.

    It is a BEST PRACTICE to make sure everyone in your family knows where the shut-off valves for your utilities are, and how to SAFELY turn them off. Better to figure these details out now, before disaster strikes.

  • Great UW ShakeOut

    August 24, 2016

    The countdown is on!WA_Great_Shakeout

    The Great ShakeOut is a dedicated time for organizations around the world to practice the recommended actions to take as soon as the earth starts shaking. The idea is that muscle memory will win over that Fight-or-Flight instinct, and in the end we will be safer as a community.

    That’s right, you have an opportunity to practice DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON at your workplace, and with thousands of people across the state on THURSDAY, October 20th at 10:20 am.

    If you and your department have already determined you will be participating, register now.  One lucky registrant will be chosen at random to receive an Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit!

    Ways to Participate:

    • The Basics. The simplest way to participate is to practice DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON at 10:20 am on 10/20/16.  This can be done by using the building’s Public Address (PA) system to alert occupants of the preceding drill (contact your Building Coordinator for details).  No access to your PA system, or departments in your building not participating?  Choose a team member to use whistles, a blow horn, or the like to alert department members that “This is an earthquake drill! DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!”
    • Reaching for Gold. In addition to practicing Activity #1, some departments may also add a building evacuation drill to their earthquake drill. Be mindful that your earthquake evacuation location is not always the same location as your fire evacuation location.  Furthermore, evacuation after an earthquake is not always necessary.
    • Over Achiever (in a good way). The real superstar departments will take this time to also review any and all emergency plans as a team. Reminder: UW Emergency Management can tailor just about any training to your department’s specific needs.  Furthermore, we offer a multitude of services that are all 100% free to the UW Community. Just ask!

  • UWEM Staff Working for YOU!

    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.

    scott EMI graduation

    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.


  • Prepare in a Year: June

    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!



  • UW Responds to 9.0 Massive NW Cascadia Earthquake

    June 7, 2016

    WP_20160607_09_13_07_Pro WP_20160607_08_58_59_Pro 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!