UW Emergency Management

October 16, 2018

Great UW ShakeOut 2018 is coming!

WHY? With all the recent catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires impacting the US, let’s talk about the next Great UW ShakeOut. Our biggest natural hazard threat here in the Pacific Northwest is an earthquake. While Washington does not experience earthquakes as frequently as, say, California, when we are hit with the next 7, 8, or…


December 22, 2015

Holiday Hours for UWEM Office

To allow UWEM staff to enjoy the Christmas and New Years holidays with their families, UWEM will observe limited on-campus staff coverage on the following dates this year:  December 24 and December 31.  In case of a campus-wide emergency or incident, please call our 24/7 UWEM Duty Officer phone at 206-765-7192.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS !


April 12, 2019

Say HELLO to our newest employee: Barry Morgan

After an exhaustive nationwide search for the best-qualified candidate, we are happy to announce that we found “our guy” literally in our own backyard.  Formerly, the Emergency Manager for Central Washington University, Mr. Barry W. Morgan recently accepted the position of Plans, Training and Exercise Manager.  Barry started with UWEM on April 3rd and already…


Barry Morgan Bio

Barry is the current Plans, Training, and Exercise Manager for the University of Washington. Selected in 2019, Mr. Morgan is responsible for working with stakeholders to enhance emergency planning, as well as the development of exercises, and natural hazard mitigation planning for the university. Previously, he served as a consultant for the Department of Homeland…


March 27, 2019

Snowpocalypse 2019: A podcast describing this freak event in Seattle

Want to really understand why our 10+ days of snow, ice and record cold weather in early February 2019 was so unusual?  Click here to be taken to a 12-minute podcast detailing why this series of February storms were so unusual for Western Washington and how many records were broken.  Courtesy of our local FOX-13…


March 18, 2019

UW Alert …or Advisory?!? How does that System Actually Work?

Ever wonder why and how the UW Alert campus notification system actually works?  Who sends out those messages?  How do they determine what the message is?  Well, our friends at the UW Daily newspaper dispatched their finest investigative reporters out to unravel this mystery.  The full feature article can be found HERE.


March 15, 2019

Off the Richter Scale … Can the Pacific Northwest prepare for the cataclysmic quake that’s coming?

Americans have long dreaded the “Big One,” a magnitude 8.0 earthquake along California’s San Andreas Fault that could one day kill thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in damage. The Big One, though, is a mere mini-me compared with the cataclysm forming beneath the Pacific Northwest. This fascinating, and yes, quite scary article…


February 28, 2019

March 7 2019 ERC Zoom Instructions

The UW’s Emergency Readiness Committee (ERC)  is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: UW Emergency Readiness Committee Bi-Monthly Meeting Time: Thursday, March 7, 2019 beginning at 2:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) To Join Zoom Meeting, click: https://washington.zoom.us/j/979050482?pwd=V2hreGN3SUUzaFMwWXMvOGRRMWtwQT09 Password: WeLoveUWEM  (case sensitive!) One tap mobile +16699006833,,979050482# US (San Jose) +16468769923,,979050482# US (New…


February 20, 2019

How UW-Tacoma Tackles Winter Weather

Kudos to our partners on the Tacoma Campus in their recent battle with Ole’ Man Winter earlier this month!  Like their colleagues at the Bothell and Seattle campuses (and dozens of other satellite locations throughout Western Washington), the work done behind-the-scenes by university staff is both complex and a bit magical.  If you ever wanted…


February 5, 2019

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

Though 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…


February 4, 2019

Looking for UW Snowstorm Information??

So, 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,…


January 27, 2019

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

CONGRATULATIONS 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…


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