UW Emergency Management
Are you ready for the next big earthquake?
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
September 16, 2016
Scientists, geologists, local emergency planners, and public educators met at the UW on September 15th to get an update on a new pilot Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system being testing in the Pacific Northwest and provide feedback on improvements This is not the dreams of science fiction -- the technology to provide some warning is here now and can provide emergency managers and responders with anywhere from 10-seconds to 3-minutes that an earthquake is on its way! Would you know what to do if you have a few seconds to prepare for the BIG ONE? UWEM is excited to be one of the beta-testers of this new system as we work out the "bugs" toward the eventual roll-out to the general public in 2018-19.
August 30, 2016
Are you, or do you know, a "Disaster Diva" or "Captain of Crisis"? When people complain during storms and power outages, do you haul out and flaunt your emergency supplies just to show off? Is the idea of helping the UW community plan for, respond to, and recover from major emergencies and disasters something that you only dream about? If so, we have an opportunity of a lifetime or you! UWEM is currently recruiting for a new member of our team as the next PLANS, TRAINING & EXERCISE MANAGER. Click here to be taken to the online application - complete with all the details and job requirements. Hurry up as this job posting will not be open for very long!
August 26, 2016
Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires after a major earthquake.
Water quickly becomes a precious resource after any disaster. Cracked lines can cause pollution to your water supply and/or water in your toilet or hot water tank can leak out.
Electricity sparks have the potential of igniting natural gas if it is leaking.
It is a BEST PRACTICE to make sure everyone in your family knows where the shut-off valves for your utilities are, and how to SAFELY turn them off. Better to figure these details out now, before disaster strikes.