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.

  • CEMP public comment period now OPEN!

    December 29, 2016

    commentMembers 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!

  • How Does the UW Stack up Against our Peers in Disaster Preparedness?

    December 7, 2016

    report coverEmergencies 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

  • Prepare in a year: Shelter-in-Place

    December 6, 2016


    Sometimes the best way to stay safe in an emergency is to get inside and stay put inside a building or a vehicle.

    Get Inside, Stay Inside

    • Get inside – Bring your loved ones, your emergency supplies, and your pets.
    • Find a safe spot – The exact spot will depend on the type of emergency.
    • Stay put – until officials say that it is safe to leave.

    Stay in Touch

    Send a text message to your emergency contact. Let them know where you are, how you are doing, and if anyone in your family is not with you.

    Continue to listen to the radio station or local TV stations for updates. Do not leave your shelter unless authorities have said it is safe.

    Staying Put in Your Vehicle or Public Transportation

    In some emergencies, you might be in between work and home or another destination and it is safer to stay in your vehicle or on public transportation than to continue driving/ riding. If you are very close to home, work or a public building go there immediately and go inside. If you can’t get indoors quickly and safely:

    • Pull over to the side of the road – stop in a safe location.
    • Stay where you are – until officials have said it is safe to get back on the road.
    • Listen to the radio and social media for updates and additional instructions – even after it is safe to start driving again continue to listen to the radio and follow any additional instructions from officials.

    Sealing a Room

    In some types of emergencies, you will need to stop outside air from coming inside. If officials tell you to “seal the room”, you need to:

    • shelter_in_place-seal-roomTurn off things that move air, like fans and air conditioners.
    • Get yourself and anyone with you and pets inside one room that you can easily seal off, and bring your emergency supplies with you if they are close.
    • Block air from entering the room you are in.
    • Listen to radio stations, local TV stations, and social media for further instructions.

  • Saying goodbye to an old friend

    November 12, 2016

    Effective November 12, 2016, the UWEM department and our 24/7 Duty Officer program, will no longer be using our old analog pager as a means of contacting staff during off-hours  As have many other pager (or "beeper") customers over the past few years, we found that this alternative communication mode is used very infrequently.  With just 6 valid messages received over the past year, a decision was made to retire our pager.  It is happily joining our growing collection of CD-ROM players, cassette recorders and flip-phones in the pending surplus department delivery!

    If you had the old 206-797-0176 UWEM pager # in your contact list, please remove it.  Of course, we still maintain our 24/7 Duty Officer cell #: 206-765-7192.

  • Great UW ShakeOut: Results

    November 10, 2016

    The numbers are in!
    Our records indicate that 68 departments, for a total of almost 14,000 students, faculty, and staff participated in the 2016 Great UW ShakeOut!
    This is out of the over 1.1 million participants statewide, and almost 55 million worldwide. How cool is that?!thank-you

    From all of us here at UW Emergency Management, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to practice your response to ground movement. Your safety during an earthquake is our #1 priority! So to know you are taking it seriously, too, means the world to us.

    Now, it has also come to our attention that despite our best efforts here at UWEM, some people on our campus did not know about this very important drill... rest assured that we will continue to use every outreach avenue at our disposal in order to reach the largest audience. However, if you have a particular idea or suggestion on how best to reach YOU - please let us know!

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