UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management (UWEM) is a department in UW Facilities. 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.

Are you ready for the next big earthquake?

Learn about the earthquake risks in the Pacific Northwest and how to become better prepared.

  • The UW and the ‘Big One’ Will you and your building be ready for the next earthquake?

    October 26, 2018

    Check out a recent feature story from the UW's student newspaper, The Daily, that highlights the recent successes and challenges facing the University of Washington in preparing our institution for the "BIG ONE".... the major earthquake that is guaranteed to hit Western Washington.  It could happen tomorrow, next year or in 100 years.  We don't know when, but what is is that for every day we do not experience our major seismic event, we are 1-day closer to it occurring.  Is the UW ready?  Let the facts and our actions be the judge.

  • 10/18 at 10:18 am: The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

    October 10, 2018

    Where will you be on Thursday, October 18th around 10:18 am?  Hopefully, safety tucked away under a desk or table, practicing your "DROP, COVER & HOLD ON" skills.  For the 3rd year in a row, on a building-by-building voluntary basis, thousands of UW staff, faculty and students will once again be participating in the nationwide Great ShakeOut 2018 UW Shakout Poster JPEGdrill to educate the public on our earthquake threat and provide tools, skills and resources on how everyone (individuals, families, employees, students....) can be prepared for the day when the "BIG ONE" strikes.  As we all know, it is not a matter of IF but WHEN.  For more information on how to not only survive an earthquake, but also detailed preparedness steps you cant take right now, check out the UW's earthquake resources page.  55 million people will be getting ready on 10/18/18.  Will you be one of them?!


  • Join us for a Personal Preparedness Presentation

    October 8, 2018

    Whether you're ready to build a kit for your family, are worried about the big one, or are trying to better prepare your team to respond to campus after an emergency, personal preparedness is essential to taking care of yourself in any disaster.

    UW Emergency Management is now offering personal preparedness presentations at the UW Emergency Management Emergency Operations center as part of our existing EOC Tours on the second Friday of every month, between 10 and 11am at the UW Tower, C-140.

    Upcoming schedule:

    October - Friday, October 12 at 10:00 am
    November - Cancelled for UWEM emergency management retreat
    December - Friday, December 14 at 10:00 am
    January - Friday, January 11 at 10:00 am
    February - Friday, February 8 at 10:00 am
    March - Friday March 8 at 10:00 am
    April - Friday April 12 at 10:00 am
    May - Friday May 10 at 10:00 am
    June - Friday June 14 at 10:00 am

    These trainings 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. As UW Emergency Management is an emergency response agency, we may cancel presentations without notice.

  • Eli King elected IAEM Region 10 Vice President

    September 20, 2018

    Eli King, CEM, UWEM's plans, training and exercise manager, was recently elected by her peers to the position of Vice President for Region 10 of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).  Region10Region X includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  In this role, Ms. King will have help shape and influence local, regional and national emergency management policies that impact everyone impacted by disasters and crises.  Ms. King officially assumes her new role as Vice President on October 25, 2018 for a term of 2-years.  Congratulations Eli!

  • Exercise Public Announcement from UW Emergency Management

    September 13, 2018

    UW Emergency Management is conducting a Full-Scale Exercise that will take place Friday, September 14, 2018, in and around UW Medical Center and UW Health Sciences (Pacific Tower, the I and K wings) in the south campus area. The full-scale exercise will start at 8 a.m. and will last approximately 6 hours (concluded approximately around 2 p.m.).

    The UW Earthquake Response Teams are made up of the ATC-20 (assess the structural integrity of buildings); PEAT (pre-entry assessment team – manages potential hazardous materials spills); and RAT (Rapid Access Team – assess needs of animals). The exercise is being conducted to enhance the overall resiliency of the University and to improve the overall preparedness of the response to an earthquake event.

    This exercise is intended to simulate a 5.2 magnitude earthquake that has affected the Puget Sound Region specifically the UW Seattle Campus. Exercise participants will work through simulated structure integrity assessments and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response. THIS IS ONLY AN EXERCISE AND NOT A REAL RESPONSE.

    The Earthquake Response Teams will be wearing personal protective response gear as they would in a real-world response to the “affected area” on the campus. For the safety of the response teams, the exercise and exercise areas will be closed to UW students, faculty, staff, and the public. We ask for your patience and support if the exercise disrupts your daily routine.

    UWEM thanks you all for your support of this important exercise for the University.

    Thank you,
    UW Emergency Management Team

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