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.

  • Earthquake Awareness and Personal Preparedness Seminars

    February 12, 2018

    As you may have already noted from this Whole U Staff Story, one UWEM staff member is bringing the long-standing Earthquake Awareness and Personal Preparedness seminar to the campus at large.

    These seminars are available to all UW Faculty, Staff and Students, and will be offered around the Seattle campus on a monthly basis February - September 2018.

    Topics discussed include:

    1. An overview of UW Emergency Management, and the services we offer
    2. The earthquake risk specific to Puget Sound
    3. Personal Preparedness basics
    4. Earthquake "response" at the University of Washington
    5. Resources for more information/help


    The schedule is currently is as follows (but subject to change). Keep an eye out for registration via Whole U events!

    • February 15th: UW Tower, 1-2pm
    • March 15th: HUB 250, 2-3pm
    • April: Alder Hall Auditorium, date and time TBD
    • May 18th, Facilities Services Training Center: Noon-1pm
    • June 19th, Kane Hall Rm 110: 6-7pm
    • July: Health Sciences, date and time TBD
    • August 15th, Allen Auditorium: 1-2pm
    • September 14th, UW Tower: 10-11am


  • Happy Anniversary Cascadia Earthquake

    January 26, 2018

    cascadiaExactly 318 years ago today, the largest earthquake to ever hit the Pacific Northwest (in recorded history) happened and transformed the landscape forever.  On January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time a gigantic earthquake occurs 60 to 70 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast. The quake violently shakes the ground for three to five minutes and is felt along the coastal interior of the Pacific Northwest including all counties in present-day Western Washington. A tsunami forms, reaching about 33 feet high along the Washington coast, travels across the Pacific Ocean and hits the east coast of Japan. Japanese sources document this earthquake, which is the earliest documented historical event in Western Washington. Other evidence includes drowned groves of red cedars and Sitka spruces in the Pacific Northwest. Indian legends corroborate the cataclysmic occurrence. (source: Historylink.org and Greg Lang)

  • UWEM now offering monthly EOC tours!

    January 22, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what the UW Emergency Operations Center (EOC) looks like, how it operates, or how it came to exist in the first place? UW Emergency Management is proud to announce that all of this information and UW Emergency Operations Centermore will be presented on the second Friday of every month, between 10 and 11am at the UW Tower, C-140.

    That's right, UWEM is now offering EOC Tours on a monthly basis! These tours are open to any UW Student, Faculty, or Staff member, as the UW Tower is a secured building complex and you will need your Huksy Card to gain access.

    While registration is not required, we humbly request that you let us know if you plan on stopping by sending an email to disaster@uw.edu

    See you soon!

  • Trouble using Google products with your NetID?

    January 18, 2018

    UW Emergency Management will sometimes utilize Google products to serve our community. This includes: Google Forms, Google Sites, Google Docs and Sheets, etc. Whether or not you are familiar with using Google products of any kind, it should be easy for anyone with a NetID to access whatever product we are asking you to use.

    If you are having trouble accessing the google product that we have sent you-
    1. Close out of your browser and/or open a brand new window
    2. Type in the web address bar: www.google.com
    3. If you are already signed into a Google account, there will be a circle at the top right with either a letter or your profile picture for that account. Click on that circle, and then click "Sign Out" on the bottom right.
    4. If you are not signed into any account (or you completed step 3), there will be a blue rectangle that reads "Sign in" in the top right corner. Click the rectangle.
    5. A small window will pop up asking you to sign in. Enter your full UW email address onto the "Email or phone" line (NetID@uw.edu) and click Next.
    6. You will be redirected to a University of Washington page asking you to enter your UW NetID and corresponding password. (This should look familiar)
    7. This brings you back to the original Google search page; you are now logged into Google with your UW NetID.

    This should resolve your problem. Please go back to the product you were having trouble with, and try again! Do this by clicking the original link, do not use the back button or simply switch tabs or windows.  

    We hope that helps! If you are still having trouble, please send us a note at disaster@uw.edu.

  • Back to the Basics: ERC Charter OPEN for Public Comment

    January 8, 2018

    The UW's Emergency Readiness Committee (ERC) is soliciting public comments from the UW community on its very first formal charter -- the governing document that charterdescribes for the format, structure, mission, and general procedures on how our committee works.  While the ERC (and the previous EMPC) has been meeting bi-monthly since 2005, we never had a formal charter to guide our proceedings.  Click here to take a peek at the DRAFT charter.  We welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.  The final charter will be presented and voted by members of the ERC at its next meeting on March 1, 2018.  Submit your comments to disaster@uw.edu by February 15, 2018.

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