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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.

  • Air Quality Questions? Resources below!

    August 3, 2017

    Wondering if it's okay to be outside in the wildfire smoke in our region? UW Environmental Health & Safety have provided some information on their website here.

    Wildfire smoke is not good for anybody, but it can cause extra problems for young children, adults over the age of 65, people with respiratory issues or lung disease, smokers, diabetics, and pregnant women. You may want to consider staying indoors as much as you can.

    Here are a few additional resources Public Health Seattle King County has a Facebook Page. Also, for your weekend plans, you might have to skip the bbq unless you are using propane as there is currently a burn ban in effect for King County. You can check here for more information from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.


  • Great UW ShakeOut 2017 is coming

    July 27, 2017

    The Great UW ShakeOut will be on October 19th this year, at promptly (you guessed it) 10:19am!

    A few early FAQs
    • Do I need to register my department/school/building on the official ShakeOut Washington page?
      • UWEM has registered the entire UW Seattle campus as participating in the 2017 Great ShakeOut.
    • Do I need to register at all?
    Need more background?

    The Great ShakeOut is a world-wide program that encourages people to practice what they should do in an earthquake - DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON! The official program's lowest denominator is state level, meaning the Great Washington ShakeOut is our official sponsor. The Great UW ShakeOut, however, is the next iteration of the program provided by yours truly at UWEM!

    Keep an eye out in the coming months for more information on the Great UW ShakeOut, and for a multitude of earthquake preparedness tips. If you have additional questions in the meantime, please do reach out to disaster@uw.edu! 


  • Large-scale special events - Your Input is key to our success!!

    July 17, 2017

    Large-scale special events can have a big impact on campus operations. We are reaching out to our UW community. UW Emergency Management is tasked with planning for and overseeing these kinds of events, in partnership with UW Police Department. In reviewing events over the last year, such as Inauguration Day, May Day and Commencement, we found opportunities for better documenting and planning for these kinds of large events. We've put together a draft framework for planning and event coordination.

    University Wide Large Event Planning SOP v3

    We are hoping that you, the University of Washington community can review the document and provide additional feedback to us. Our goal is to increase campus awareness so that future planning efforts will have more opportunities for success. If you have any feedback or comments, please reply directly to this email. Your thoughts will be incorporated into the collective whole of feedback for improvement consideration. Please send your feedback no later than Monday, July 31, 2017, directly to Elizabeth "Eli" King eliking@uw.edu

    Thank you for your support and commitment to the health, safety, and security of UW.


  • We're Hiring!

    April 4, 2017

    Job OpeningUWEM is currently recruiting for a new Business, Academic & Research Continuity (BARC) Manager.  This key position for the university will guide the individual departments and units in drafting, testing and updating their continuity plans that are required to protect and restore their core/critical services after a major crisis or disaster.  Applications for this full-time, permanent position must be submitted online via the UWHires system (click HERE to be taken directly to the website).  Get your applications and resumes in quick as this position is slated to be filled as-soon-as-possible due to its critical importance to the mission of the university!


  • 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.

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