UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management (UWEM) is a department in UW Facilities. 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.

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  • Say HELLO to our newest employee: Barry Morgan

    April 12, 2019

    IMG_6607After an exhaustive nationwide search for the best-qualified candidate, we are happy to announce that we found "our guy" literally in our own backyard.  Formerly, the Emergency Manager for Central Washington University, Mr. Barry W. Morgan recently accepted the position of Plans, Training and Exercise Manager.  Barry started with UWEM on April 3rd and already has jumped into his critical role.  He will be spearheading a number of ongoing and new projects, including the annual update of the UW's disaster plan, refreshing our 5-year strategic plan, working with our UW and regional partners in establishing a new campus training system for crisis planning and response, and planning a whole bunch of drills and exercises -- for employees all the way up to the President's Cabinet.  Please join us in welcoming Barry to the UW.  If you want to really know more about Barry's impressive background and work history, check out his online biography.


  • Snowpocalypse 2019: A podcast describing this freak event in Seattle

    March 27, 2019

    fireandiceWant to really understand why our 10+ days of snow, ice and record cold weather in early February 2019 was so unusual?  Click here to be taken to a 12-minute podcast detailing why this series of February storms were so unusual for Western Washington and how many records were broken.  Courtesy of our local FOX-13 television station, this podcast has interviews with local officials, weather experts, and just plain old residents recalling our winter anomaly.   Was this a freak series of storms.... or is it yet another sign that climate change is real and impacting us today!?


  • UW Alert ...or Advisory?!? How does that System Actually Work?

    March 18, 2019

    daily alertEver wonder why and how the UW Alert campus notification system actually works?  Who sends out those messages?  How do they determine what the message is?  Well, our friends at the UW Daily newspaper dispatched their finest investigative reporters out to unravel this mystery.  The full feature article can be found HERE.


  • Off the Richter Scale ... Can the Pacific Northwest prepare for the cataclysmic quake that’s coming?

    March 15, 2019

    Americans have long dreaded the “Big One,” a magnitude 8.0 earthquake along California’s San Andreas Fault that could one day kill thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in damage. The Big One, though, is a mere mini-me compared with the cataclysm forming beneath the Pacific Northwest.

    This fascinating, and yes, quite scary article from the Winter 2019 City Journal, provides even more sobering facts and statistics detailing how bad it's really going to be after our mega-quake.  Tick... tick.. tick...


  • How UW-Tacoma Tackles Winter Weather

    February 20, 2019

    tacoma snowKudos to our partners on the Tacoma Campus in their recent battle with Ole' Man Winter earlier this month!  Like their colleagues at the Bothell and Seattle campuses (and dozens of other satellite locations throughout Western Washington), the work done behind-the-scenes by university staff is both complex and a bit magical.  If you ever wanted to get a glimpse of the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY the Tacoma campus "suspends operations", allows for "early release" or "delays opening", click here to find out.  With public safety always the primary objective, and with a number of other factors to consider, it is useful for our community to understand the factors that go into these decisions.

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