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.

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  • Record-Setting Lowland Snowstorm and Ice Trigger Closures (February 4-13, 2019)

    February 5, 2019

    Seattle Snow Feb 2019Though forecasts for Seattle predicted a trace to 1" of snow, UW students, faculty and staff woke February 4 to 2"- 4" of snow in Seattle (and up to 10 inches in the cities to the North and East). All three UW campuses suspended operations after an assessment of transportation conditions. The snowfall, coupled with strong winds and all-day below freezing temperatures and resulting icy roads snarled regional transportation systems and made travel throughout the region dangerous and difficult. Despite wide-spread traffic incidents, damage was limited and no direct fatalities were reported as a result of this lingering storm.

    A constant series of followup storms, roughly every 2-3 days, brought additional snow to all of Western Washington.  By February 14th, the UW Seattle campus experienced a record seven days of either late start, early release or full-suspension of operations.  This week long impact to the University was unprecedented and was one for the record books, with this February breaking all records for the snowiest February in Seattle history.


  • Looking for UW Snowstorm Information??

    February 4, 2019

    no classesSo, you just got the text that your UW campus has suspended operations and were wondering ... "What exactly does that mean?!"  Or maybe you were curious about the status of your bus route, if the street outside your office/classroom has been plowed, or how you should prepare for a cold night without heat?  Well, UWEM's Winter Weather Resources webpage is chock-full-o' helpful links, websites and other informative links that will help you survive our rare, but not uncommon, snowy and/or icy winter weather events in the Puget Sound lowlands.


  • The Votes are in -- Scott Nelson is the new 2019-2020 ERC Chair !!

    January 27, 2019

    S_Nelson_061CONGRATULATIONS to Scott D. Nelson, who recently was elected as the 2019-2020 Chair of the UW's Emergency Readiness Committee (ERC)! In this role, Scott will guide the ERC in providing strategic input to the UWEM Department and assisting in improving the UW's overall disaster resilience.  This 2-year term of service represents the highest honor and will allow Scott to represent the ERC to senior UW Leadership, outside organizations and the general campus community.

    Scott is currently the Fire Safety and Engineering Manager with UW's Environmental Health & Safety Department. The voting process for the ERC Chair position was opened on January 11, 2019 and was closed and fully-certified on January 25th.  Scott succeeds outgoing 2018 Chair, Doug Gallucci, who guided the ERC last year in a number of initiatives, including the establishment and approval of the ERC Charter. Thanks to all who participated in the election.


  • We're Hiring: Plans, Training & Exercise Manager

    December 6, 2018

    we are hiringLooking for a challenging and rewarding career helping people plan and prepare for disaster and crises? Do your friends call you a "Disaster Diva" or "Captain Crisis"? Do you know the difference between a Winter Storm Watch and Warning? If so, your dream job may be waiting for you at UWEM! We are currently recruiting for the position of Plans, Training and Exercise Manager. Click here to be taken to the university's job opening website for details and how-to-apply.


  • 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.

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