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UW Emergency Management

Mission, vision and values

Our Vision

A Disaster Resilient University acting as a global model for other institutions of higher learning.

Our Mission

To administer a campus-based comprehensive emergency management program in partnership with UW academic departments, operating units, staff, administration and neighboring jurisdictions in order to save lives, protect property and safeguard the environment.

Our Values

  • Ethical behavior
  • Timely response to emergency needs and requirements
  • Expertise in emergency/disaster management and contingency management
  • Learning and growth for all of our public safety partners
  • Effective communications on how we conduct our business
  • Quality service to our internal and external customers
  • A safe, healthy and protected campus
  • Flexible solutions to our customer’s requirements
  • Respect for individual differences

Our Strategic Plan

The UW’s emergency management program, is spearheaded and led on a day-to-day basis by the dedicated staff in UW Emergency Management.  Every 5 years, UWEM staff and management, with guidance and direction from the institution-wide UW Emergency Management Planning Committee and other public and stakeholder input, updates and publishes a strategic plan that guides the general direction of the university’s overall disaster planning, mitigation, response and planning efforts.

Comments, suggestions and questions on our 5-year plan should be directed to the UW Emergency Management staff.  We welcome and appreciate any comments from our stakeholders. Thank you.

What is UWEM and what does it do?

UW Emergency Management is an independent department within the UW’s Facilities Services Division.  Established in May 2003, UWEM is responsible for the comprehensive, “all-hazards” emergency and disaster management planning efforts for the entire UW system. We provide planning, training, grant assistance, inter-departmental coordination and emergency response assistance for major emergencies or disasters.

King County’s Disaster Zone TV (DZTV) interviewed the UWEM Director in February 2016.  Click here to watch this 30-minute cinematic masterpiece.highlighting the mission of UWEM and the important resilience role that UWEM plays in supporting the UW’s critical missions of instruction, research and public service.