UW Emergency Management
Are you ready for the next big earthquake?
April 4, 2017
UWEM 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!
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 EOC, 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.
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.
December 29, 2016
Members 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!
December 7, 2016
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere and universities are often impacted. When a crisis or disaster occurs, it threatens public safety, the environment, property, the economy and university mission, critical infrastructure, and the health of individuals. In 2015, the National Center for Campus Public Safety, in partnership with the Disaster Resilient Universities® Network and the IAEM-Universities and Colleges Caucus, sponsored a nationwide study to identify emergency management program needs at institutions of higher education (IHEs), including the UW....READ MORE to see how the UW stacks up compared to our peers