UW Emergency Management

October 10, 2017

Great UW ShakeOut 2017 is here!

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 !


July 31, 2018

Build Your Husky Ready Plan in a Year: Month 7

This post is part of a 2018 series breaking the process of business continuity planning for University of Washington departments into monthly tasks to help build a plan in a year.  Last month we detailed the IT systems and applications that are used daily to support business, and that would be used to drive our critical…


June 24, 2018

Build your Husky Ready Plan in a Year: Month 6

This post is part of a 2018 series breaking the process of business continuity planning for University of Washington departments into monthly tasks to help build a plan in a year.  This month we will capture the details about your technology dependencies–both those with central IT and those managed entirely within your team. Next month we…


May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 (Student Employee Protest)

Nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate student employees, members of the UW Academic Student Employee Union (affiliated with UAW local 4121) conducted a daylong series of marches, protests and rallies on the Seattle campus. Utilizing the non-violent tactic of blocking key traffic and road intersections in/out of campus, the protesters were demanding increases in pay and…


May 2, 2018

Business Continuity Program Update: First quarter of 2018!

In January we presented the first set of data on the Business, Academic and research continuity program. The initial numbers were not great–Only 21% of departments had started plans, the plans were largely out of date, and only one was complete. While you will see growth over the quarter, we are still in the “push…


May 1, 2018

Build your Husky Ready Plan in a Year: Month 5

This post is part of a 2018 series breaking the process of business continuity planning for University of Washington departments into monthly tasks to help build a plan in a year.  The past two months we have been looking your organization’s critical functions. Identifying and prioritizing the critical work of your organization, department, or unit, and…


April 30, 2018

Build your Husky Ready plan in a year: Month 4

This post is part of a 2018 series breaking the process of business continuity planning for University of Washington departments into monthly tasks to help build a plan in a year.  Now that you’ve identified your critical functions, it is time to consider how to keep the work going even with limited resources. Haven’t made a…


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…


April 26, 2018

BARC Planning gets easier while attracting special attention

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…


April 18, 2018

UWEM hosts a week of trainings

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 were members of Unit Response Centers (URCs), Emergency Operations Center (EOC) responders, and members of the Pre-entry Assessment Team (PEAT), Rapid Assessment…


April 16, 2018

UW Senior Leadership Test Recovery Plans

  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…


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