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.

  • Prepare in a Year: June

    June 21, 2016

    Extended Event Planning... is kind of like camping.

    Coping with the impact of disaster is never fun. However, much of the inconvenience and discomfort the disaster causes can be reduced by planning alternative ways to take care of your needs.

    Consider alternate ways to:

    • light your home (stay away from candles)
    • cook or boil water
    • have shelter besides your house (that is potentially damaged)
    • store food that needs to stay cold
    • maintain a sanitary space (doggy bags are good for people too!)
    • get emergency information (no smartphones!)

    Like camping [or glamping] you can choose and plan for comfort rather than being inconvenienced by not having what you want or need.


    Admittedly, at first glance, the emergency supply checklist can seem overwhelming. At second glance, you will realize you already have a lot of the items listed. Try checking off those items, and circling the items you still need. Then, pick just one circled item to pick up on your next shopping trip. Continue to pick one circled item at a time until you are more prepared than ever!



  • UW Responds to 9.0 Massive NW Cascadia Earthquake

    June 7, 2016

    WP_20160607_09_13_07_Pro WP_20160607_08_58_59_Pro Nearly 50 UW staff temporarily altered their work schedules today and joined nearly 20,000 others in a 4-state region in practicing their skills responding to a simulated 9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.  Three specialized UW teams practiced their rapid structural building inspection skills, hazardous chemical response and specialized disaster mitigation skills in caring for research animals.  The UW's EOC coordinated these  field activities and linked the uw with the City, County and State officials.  Many lessons were learned to allow us to improve university plans and training for the day when the "Real One" finally hits!

  • UW Husky Ready Plans migrating to new version on July 5, 2016

    June 3, 2016

    The University of Washington's online business/academic/research continuity (BARC) planning system will migrate to Kuali Ready's new version on July 5, 2016, with guidance from our local Kuali Customer Success Manager, Tony Benjamins. The migration will include a number of benefits over the prior versions, including a more intuitive user interface.  Little or no impact to data is expected.

    Users who are already using Husky Ready (our brand of Kuali Ready) will automatically have their plans migrated to the new version. If you have any concerns regarding the migration, please contact UW Business Continuity Manager Scott Preston at 206-897-1882.

  • Prepare in a year: May

    May 24, 2016

    Let's talk about... IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS!

    Documents Sealed Yellow Envelope Important Devliery Records

    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.

  • UW involvement in Cascadia Rising

    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. cascadiarising_banner1

    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, Cities of Mercer Island and Renton, and King County.