UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management (UWEM) is one of eight 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.

  • 2018 Annual EOC Exercise to include Special Olympics USA and partner jurisdictions

    April 27, 2018

    Emergency Management (UWEM) is one of many UW departments who have been planning and preparing for the upcoming 2018 Special Olympic USA games at the UW Seattle campus for nearly 18 months now. We are honored to be working with an organization that empowers communities across the nation!

    While there have been many e-mails, conference calls, in-person meetings, walk-throughs, trainings, and even a smaller-scale tabletop exercise (TTX) - our main event before the actual show is coming up on May 22nd. The annual UW Emergency Operations Center (EOC) functional exercise will include Special Olympics USA and partnering agencies from other jurisdictions hosting the 2018 Special Olympic Games. A functional exercise is conducted in a “realistic” real-time environment, the UW EOC response personnel from across UW, Special Olympics, and our regional partners will be simulating what they normally would do if an incident does occur on the UW Seattle Campus within the EOC and simulated Special Olympics Command Center. For this type of exercise, the movement of people and equipment will be simulated and there will not be an impact to the larger campus community.

    The purpose of conducting a functional exercise is to test and evaluate our capabilities to coordinate and manage any emergency or incident that could potentially arise during the first week of July, when the games are scheduled to take place.

    UW EOC responders are encouraged to register here: registration link

    Questions about the upcoming functional exercise and opportunities for supporting emergency response and coordination during the 2018 Special Olympic Games should be directed to the UWEM Plans, Training, Exercise & EOC Operations Manager Eli King: eliking@uw.edu


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  • BARC Planning gets easier while attracting special attention

    April 26, 2018

    The Business, Academic, and Research Continuity (BARC) program at the University of Washington is not new. Some of the tools available to help UW departments complete this (sometimes overwhelming) task are!

    Megan Levy of Emergency Management continues to create a monthly task for departments and schools working to complete their BARC plan - often referred to as their "Husky Ready" plan, referencing the online tool used to document it. These step-by-step directions can be found in a previous blog post, Build Your Plan in A Year, which will be continually updated when each step is published.

    Something else quite "new" for the BARC program is the opportunity to engage senior leadership in recovery-focused discussion. This first-of-its-kind tabletop exercise was facilitated by UWEM earlier this month: UW Senior Leadership Test Recover Plans.

    Our records show that at the end of January, 2018 only 21% of UW departments had begun their BARC plan in Husky Ready. Moreover, only 32% of those plans had been updated within the past year! While this paints an ugly compliance picture, UWEM is confident that with the support of senior leadership, and additional "how-to" resources, these numbers will increase in no time.

    As always, if you need support during your continuity planning process, please reach out to BARC Program Manager, Megan Levy (levym2@uw.edu).

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  • UWEM hosts a week of trainings

    April 18, 2018

    Last week on Tuesday, April 10tth and Wednesday, April 11th at the UW Facilities Services Training Center two classes participated in the Incident Command System (ICS) Combo Course. The audience for these training we20180418_113044re members of Unit Response Centers (URCs), Emergency Operations Center (EOC) responders, and members of the Pre-entry Assessment Team (PEAT), Rapid Assessment Team (RAT), post-earthquake building safety evaluation team (ACT-20 teams). In both courses, everyone learned what is the Incident Command System and why the University of Washington is required to use it to manage all incidents and planned events on campus.20180418_112500

    During the course, the participants worked in small groups to plan an event using the ICS terms, roles, and responsibilities they learned. Each group developed an organizational chart, talked through the roles and functions of what a planned event needed to be successful. The small groups in each class developed plans to host a cat fashion show, music festival, fireworks show, and high school science fair. The in-person facilitated course allows people to ask questions of the instructors who are subject matter experts in the field of emergency management and other first responder agencies. We had instructors from WA-Tech, City of Seattle Emergency Management, City of Redmond, and our own UWEM Training Manager.

    Instructor Class

    UWEM also hosted a FEMA Instructor Workshop over the weekend of April 13-15 at the Facilities Services Training Center, The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) delivered the three-day training with great instructors. Many of the instructors were from the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) who also have delivered training here at UW.


    Last week was a wonderful week of training. UWEM will be hosting another set of Incident Command System (ICS) courses later in the fall, for more information about training opportunities contact Eli King Plans, Training, Exercise, & EOC Ops Manager eliking@uw.edu 206-897-188.

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  • UW Senior Leadership Test Recovery Plans

    April 16, 2018

    UWEM Tabletop Exercise Image

    Participants discussed how they would return their own units to operations, and shared information with colleagues about their unit dependencies.


    On April 5, the senior leadership of UW Finance and Administration departments gathered at the Facilities Training Center to discuss how to restore operations on campus that had been interrupted two-weeks prior by a severe earthquake. At least, that was the scenario of the surprise tabletop exercise hosted by the office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. UW Emergency Management developed the exercise to give the 28 participants time to test plans, discuss interdependencies, and practice the decision making that will be key to restoring campus operations after a major business disruption.

    The Exercise

    Invitations had gone out only a week before--a request from the EVP asking for attendance at a meeting to discuss operations. As participants filled the room, it was clear from the meal-ready-to-eat (MRE) at each seat that this was more then a meeting. After brief introductions, UWEM's Business, Academic and Research Continuity (BARC) Manager Megan Levy took her place at the head of the room. "As you know, the Seattle area experienced an earthquake two weeks ago on March 22," she began. This exercise explored recovery two weeks after a 5.5 magnitude Seattle fault earthquake shook Western Washington. The fictionalized earthquake and its impacts provided obstacles and issues for consideration as groups discussed campus recovery plans. The participants, representing a range of different departments and units participated in facilitated discussions, focused on the continuity of operations piece of recovery--the time between response and a return to normal. Though the exercise was a surprise, they drew on their wealth of knowledge about their teams and the University, and were allowed to use any of the the technology or resources they had with them.


    What next?

    In an effort to plan for response to and recovery from disasters of all kinds, units at the University of Washington exercise their continuity of operations plans every other year. Participants of this exercise will take their "ah-ha" moments, decisions, and recognized gaps from the exercise, and use them to revise and refine their plans. With the support the UWEM Business, Academic, and Research Continuity program, units U-wide are working continuity of operations planning into daily operations.

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  • Doug Gallucci elected as 2018 ERC Chair

    March 23, 2018

    Photograph of Mr. Doug Gallucci, chair of the 2018 Emergency Readiness CommitteeMr. Doug Gallucci, Assistant Director of the UW's Environmental Health and Safety Department, was elected as the first Chair of the university's Emergency Readiness Committee on March 1, 2018.  With a unanimous vote, Doug will assume the leadership role of the UW's committee that provides guidance and leadership for the university's disaster resilience programs and activities.  Doug has worked at the UW for over 25 years and is responsible for the Environmental Programs section that oversees the management of Hazardous Waste, University owned Contaminated Sites, Dangerous Goods Shipping, Permitting for Air, Storm Water and Industrial Discharge. Doug also organized and leads the UW’s Pre-Entry Assessment Team (PEAT). PEAT is a specialized HazMat response team that would provide rapid assessment to University buildings after a seismic event. Prior to working at the UW he worked in both Manufacturing and R&D at a biotechnology firm that produced viral diagnostics kits and supplies.  Please help us in welcoming Doug to this important role as he helps shape the future of the university's all-hazards emergency planning, mitigation, response and recovery efforts.

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