UW Emergency Management

April 27, 2018

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

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