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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.

  • 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.


  • Inauguration Day Protests Impact Seattle Campus

    January 20, 2017

    Large-scale protests and counter-demonstrations took place on Red Square in the evening as a result of a controversial speaker in Kane Hall on the night of President Trump's inauguration.  Estimates of over 1,000 people congregating on central campus with minimal property damage. One person was injured on campus as a result of a gunshot wound.  The suspect was never caught.  UW's Emergency Operations Center was activated to support an active on-site incident command structure and law enforcement.


  • CEMP public comment period now OPEN!

    December 29, 2016

    commentMembers of the UW community as well as members of the general public are formally invited to review the UW's 2016 draft all-hazards Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and submit their questions, comments and recommendations to UWEM.  Updated every-other year, the CEMP is an important planning document that forms the foundation for the university's entire disaster and crisis mitigation, planning, response and recovery activities.  This 204-page DRAFT plan is open for public review and comment.  Interested parties may submit their comments online via a Google feedback form (link HERE).  All comments are due by COB January 20, 2017 (extended due date) to be considered and reviewed.  So put on your reading glasses and share your ideas and comments with us!

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