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 !


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…


December 18, 2018

Build Your Plan in a Year: Month 12

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. At this point your plant has been drafted and reviewed by UWEM. Maybe you’ve even already made changes to address gaps. What more could we…


December 6, 2018

We’re Hiring: Plans, Training & Exercise Manager

Looking for a challenging and rewarding career helping people plan and prepare for disaster and crises? Do your friends call you a “Disaster Diva” or “Captain Crisis”? Do you know the difference between a Winter Storm Watch and Warning? If so, your dream job may be waiting for you at UWEM! We are currently recruiting…


November 29, 2018

Build Your Plan in a Year: Month 11

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. Congratulations–you have written your first version of your continuity plan! At this point you have drafted, reviewed and revised your plan–what more could there be?…


October 26, 2018

Build Your Plan in a Year: Month 10

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. At last you’re ready to make the finishing touches on your draft plan. You have identified your critical functions, prepared your staff at home, and…


The UW and the ‘Big One’ Will you and your building be ready for the next earthquake?

Check out a recent feature story from the UW’s student newspaper, The Daily, that highlights the recent successes and challenges facing the University of Washington in preparing our institution for the “BIG ONE”…. the major earthquake that is guaranteed to hit Western Washington.  It could happen tomorrow, next year or in 100 years.  We don’t…


October 10, 2018

10/18 at 10:18 am: The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Where will you be on Thursday, October 18th around 10:18 am?  Hopefully, safety tucked away under a desk or table, practicing your “DROP, COVER & HOLD ON” skills.  For the 3rd year in a row, on a building-by-building voluntary basis, thousands of UW staff, faculty and students will once again be participating in the nationwide…


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