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 !


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…


October 8, 2018

Join us for a Personal Preparedness Presentation

Whether you’re ready to build a kit for your family, are worried about the big one, or are trying to better prepare your team to respond to campus after an emergency, personal preparedness is essential to taking care of yourself in any disaster. UW Emergency Management is now offering personal preparedness presentations at the UW…


September 26, 2018

Build your plan in a year: Month 9

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 UW, Administrative Policy Statement 13.2 sets the requirements for department continuity planning. There are four required elements: Prioritized critical functions, staff preparedness, an alternative…


September 20, 2018

Eli King elected IAEM Region 10 Vice President

Eli King, CEM, UWEM’s plans, training and exercise manager, was recently elected by her peers to the position of Vice President for Region 10 of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).  Region X includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  In this role, Ms. King will have help shape and influence local,…


September 13, 2018

Exercise Public Announcement from UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management is conducting a Full-Scale Exercise that will take place Friday, September 14, 2018, in and around UW Medical Center and UW Health Sciences (Pacific Tower, the I and K wings) in the south campus area. The full-scale exercise will start at 8 a.m. and will last approximately 6 hours (concluded approximately around…


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