UW Emergency Management

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 6, 2017

Rare Lowland Snowstorm Shuts down City and UW

A predicted snowstorm shut down the entire Puget Sound region on Monday, February 6th with the central Seattle area receiving between 4-9″ of snow.  All 3 UW campuses cancelled classes and suspended operations for the day.  Limited power outages and road/transportation delays occurred throughout the region as reported by local media sources.  Damage was limited…


January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day Protests Impact Seattle Campus

Large-scale protests and counter-demonstrations took place on Red Square in the evening as a result of a controversial speaker in Kane Hall on the night of President Trump’s inauguration.  Estimates of over 1,000 people congregating on central campus with minimal property damage. One person was injured on campus as a result of a gunshot wound. …


December 29, 2016

CEMP public comment period now OPEN!

Members of the UW community as well as members of the general public are formally invited to review the UW’s 2016 draft all-hazards Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) and submit their questions, comments and recommendations to UWEM.  Updated every-other year, the CEMP is an important planning document that forms the foundation for the university’s entire…


December 7, 2016

How Does the UW Stack up Against our Peers in Disaster Preparedness?

Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere and universities are often impacted. When a crisis or disaster occurs, it threatens public safety, the environment, property, the economy and university mission, critical infrastructure, and the health of individuals. In 2015, the National Center for Campus Public Safety, in partnership with the Disaster Resilient Universities® Network and the IAEM-Universities…


December 6, 2016

Prepare in a year: Shelter-in-Place

Sometimes the best way to stay safe in an emergency is to get inside and stay put inside a building or a vehicle. Get Inside, Stay Inside Get inside – Bring your loved ones, your emergency supplies, and your pets. Find a safe spot – The exact spot will depend on the type of emergency….


November 12, 2016

Saying goodbye to an old friend

Effective November 12, 2016, the UWEM department and our 24/7 Duty Officer program, will no longer be using our old analog pager as a means of contacting staff during off-hours  As have many other pager (or “beeper”) customers over the past few years, we found that this alternative communication mode is used very infrequently.  With…


November 10, 2016

Great UW ShakeOut: Results

The numbers are in! Our records indicate that 68 departments, for a total of almost 14,000 students, faculty, and staff participated in the 2016 Great UW ShakeOut! This is out of the over 1.1 million participants statewide, and almost 55 million worldwide. How cool is that?! From all of us here at UW Emergency Management,…


October 28, 2016

Prepare in a year: October

|| Fire Safety || When it comes to fire – be smart! If the fire is too big for you to put out on your own, get OUT immediately, without stopping to gather valuables. Having a plan in place can help indefinitely. At home: Discuss with your family two ways to exit your home, and…


October 20, 2016

The BIG ONE is Today — the Great UW ShakeOut

Today, October 20, 2016, at approximately 10:20am, the UW Campus as well the entire State of Washington, will be hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake!  Of course, while earthquake prediction is still not possible, preparing for the impacts of a catastrophic events such as this is both simple and survivable!  Dozens of UW buildings, including…


October 13, 2016

October 2016 Storm Series Information

The first of two impending storms expected to hit the Greater Seattle Area is already underway with heavy rainfall; high winds are expected to begin tonight around 7:00 PM. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the second storm event expected to begin early Saturday morning, could be one for the record books. UW Emergency…


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