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.

  • November 12, 2016

    pagerSaying goodbye to an old friend

    Effective November 12, 2016, the UWEM department and our 24/7 Duty Officer program, will no longer be using our old analog pager as a means of contacting staff during off-hours  As have many other pager (or "beeper") customers over the past few years, we found that this alternative communication mode is used very infrequently.  With just 6 valid messages received over the past year, a decision was made to retire our pager.  It is happily joining our growing collection of CD-ROM players, cassette recorders and flip-phones in the pending surplus department delivery!

    If you had the old 206-797-0176 UWEM pager # in your contact list, please remove it.  Of course, we still maintain our 24/7 Duty Officer cell #: 206-765-7192.

  • Great UW ShakeOut: Results

    November 10, 2016

    The numbers are in!
    Our records indicate that 68 departments, for a total of almost 14,000 students, faculty, and staff participated in the 2016 Great UW ShakeOut!
    This is out of the over 1.1 million participants statewide, and almost 55 million worldwide. How cool is that?!thank-you

    From all of us here at UW Emergency Management, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to practice your response to ground movement. Your safety during an earthquake is our #1 priority! So to know you are taking it seriously, too, means the world to us.

    Now, it has also come to our attention that despite our best efforts here at UWEM, some people on our campus did not know about this very important drill... rest assured that we will continue to use every outreach avenue at our disposal in order to reach the largest audience. However, if you have a particular idea or suggestion on how best to reach YOU - please let us know!

  • Prepare in a year: October

    October 28, 2016

    || Fire Safety ||

    When it comes to fire – be smart! If the fire is too big for you to put out on your own, get OUT immediately, without stopping to gather valuables. Having a plan in place can help indefinitely.

    At home:

    • Discuss with your family two ways to exit your home, and choose a reunion place outside. Practice at least twice a year.
    • Ready access to a fire extinguisher is critical. Several small extinguishers located throughout the house are better than one large one. Consider locations such as the kitchen, garage, and on every level of your home. Check your extinguishers on a regular basis to ensure they are properly charged.

    For more on fire safety at the University of Washington, refer to Environmental Health and Safety.

  • October 2016 Storm Series Information

    October 13, 2016

    The first of two impending storms expected to hit the Greater Seattle Area is already underway with heavy rainfall; high winds are expected to begin tonight around 7:00 PM. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the second storm event expected to begin early Saturday morning, could be one for the record books. UW Emergency Management staff will continue to monitor NWS webinars, and then update the UW Seattle campus community.


    Current Outlook for the Seattle Area:

    Storm #1- Late Wednesday to Friday morning

    • A High Wind Watch has been issued for the lowland interior
    • Expect 20-30 mph winds, with gusts up to 55pmh
    • Expect fallen trees and power outages
    • Expect an additional 1-2 inches of rain, with snow levels remaining about 5-6000 ft.
    • The strongest winds are still expected to occur between 10pm and midnight tonight
    • Because leaves are still on trees, some urban flooding can be expected
    • Rivers will likely approach flood levels, but minimal – if any – river flooding is expected


    Storm #2/Songda- Potentially stronger storm to hit Saturday morning through Sunday morning. These storm is the remnants of Tropical Storm Songda and carries with it higher winds. The National Weather Service is increasingly confident that this will be an exceptionally strong storm.

    • Similar rainfall as storm #1
    • Increased wind gusts, gusts could surpass 60 mph
    • Strongest impact on coast and N. interior
    • Expect power outages, fallen trees, urban flooding
    • Rivers with increased potential to flood
    • Landslide risk heightened for Sunday
    • Location of largest in-land impact still unknown


    car guyCommuter Impacts

    • Higher winds are not expected to impact the Thursday evening commute, however the 1-2” of rain in the next 24 hours might lead to standing water on roadways.
    • The Friday morning commute may be impacted due to power outages, standing water, downed trees and debris blocking area roads.
    • Urban flooding is also possible in some areas due to the increased rainfall, this may close some streets around the region.



    What’s Next?

    As promised, UWEM will continue to tune into National Weather Service webinars, communicate with our City and County partners and will send out updates as necessary to our internal and external stakeholders.  Stay safe everyone, it is likely going to be a messy few days, into the weekend.  If you have any questions after-hours, please contact our 24/7 UWEM Duty Officer phone at 206-765-7192.

    Students, Staff, and Faculty can find information on power outage preparedness at the UWEM and Seattle City Light websites. We recommend that people take steps to have a kit ready for home, work and the car.

    Lastly, clear storm drains of leaves and debris, when are where possible, to minimize urban flooding. Pull any outdoor furniture or equipment not bolted down inside, and stock up on preparedness materials like water, blankets, and flashlights/batteries.

  • Prepare in a year: September

    September 30, 2016

    || Drop, Cover, and Hold On ||

    If you have been paying attention to previous posts, it should come as no surprise that September’s preparedness activity is related to the upcoming Earthquake Dill on October 20th. During earthquakes, many people’s fight or flight instinct urges them to RUN! But, studies show that people in our country are more often hurt from falling objects, not collapsing structures.

    This month, try practicing being safe in every room in your house, as well as more frequented places at worimagesk:

    DROP – under something sturdy and taller than you are
    COVER – the back of your head and neck with one arm
    HOLD ON – in case the thing you are under moves

    *Bonus tip* Close your eyes – You’ll do better psychologically if you don’t watch, and you can protect your eyes.