UW Emergency Management
Are you ready for the next big earthquake?
May 24, 2016
Let's talk about... IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS!
After a major disaster, having PHYSICAL access to certain documents will reduce some delay and frustration in getting life “back to normal”. Yes, this means having PRINTED copies stored somewhere safe in your home or emergency kit.
- property insurance (home, auto, boat)
- health insurance and prescriptions
- financial papers (investments, taxes, etc.)
- other important documents: will, power of attorney, estate papers, etc.
- photos of all valuables and pets
Similarly, having physical copies of contact information will be invaluable. Think: Work, Kid’s school, local pet shelter, local urgent care center, out-of-area contact/family, etc.
May 20, 2016
In just a few weeks, the region will be pretending that the Cascadia Fault (also called the Cascadia Subduction Zone) has ripped. Remember that New York Times article that got everyone talking? The one that talked about what the Greater Seattle Area might look like after "The Really Big One" hits. Hint: The really big one is the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
During the first full week of June, from British Columbia to northern California, emergency management departments at all levels of government, first responders, non-profits, and private industry alike will be involved in an exercise, dubbed Cascadia Rising, that simulates that very event.
UW Emergency Management, specifically, will be participating in a variety of ways.
June 7th: UWEM will be conducting a field-exercise to practice communication and coordination between the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in UW Tower and the university's two post-earthquake teams trained to investigate building safety after an earthquake. The ATC-20 Team is managed out of the Campus Engineering Department and focuses on structural integrity of buildings post-earthquake, while the Pre-Entry Assessment Team (PEAT) is managed out of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and focus entirely on potential HAZMAT concerns.
June 8th and 9th: UW Emergency Management Staff will be observing and assisting in the active EOCs of our regional partners, including City of Seattle, City of Renton, and King County.
May 11, 2016
After a long hiatus , internal reviews, member surveys and deep reflection, the UW's Emergency Management Planning Committee has announced its next action-packed gathering (or meeting). Current and past EMPC members as well as any member of the UW community interested in disaster resilience, are encouraged to attend on Thursday, May 19th at 1:30pm in the UW Tower, C-140. All Disaster Divas and Captains of Crisis are welcomed to join us!
March 14, 2016
A nasty late-winter windstorm hit Western Washington on Sunday afternoon, March 13th. The Seattle campus experienced sustained winds of 30 mph for most of the afternoon with gusts nearing 45 mph. While nearly 250,000 residents of W. Washington lost power for hours, the Seattle campus remained fully-operational with only minor tree and limb damage. Building renovation scaffolding around Clark Hall was severely damaged due to the winds but there were no injuries as a result. UW-Bothell campus lost power until Monday, March 14th and some Winter Quarter final exams had to be postponed.
March 11, 2016Try stocking up next time you go grocery shopping! How much?Three (3) gallons, per person, should cover drinking, cooking, and hygiene needs for 72 hours.-Choose containers with a tight fitting lid-Label it with "drinking water" and a date-Store in a cool, dark place-Rotate every six (6) months|| Learn more HERE!