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 !


February 13, 2018

February 20, 2018 (Campus Protests)

A large-scale, planned demonstration by the Patriot Prayer group in Red Square attracted an estimated 400 protesters and counter-protesters.  A heavy police presence supplemented by a week of intense planning by campus departments, ensured that this rally and demonstration was peaceful.  The UW’s EOC was activated.  5 arrests were made, various planned events were cancelled…


February 12, 2018

Earthquake Awareness and Personal Preparedness Seminars

As you may have already noted from this Whole U Staff Story, one UWEM staff member is bringing the long-standing Earthquake Awareness and Personal Preparedness seminar to the campus at large. These seminars are available to all UW Faculty, Staff and Students, and will be offered around the Seattle campus on a monthly basis February…


February 7, 2018

Build your Husky Ready Plan in a Year: Month 2

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 compiled the key information on your staff, including skills, roles and emergency contact information. The work you do cannot be done without…


January 26, 2018

Happy Anniversary Cascadia Earthquake

Exactly 318 years ago today, the largest earthquake to ever hit the Pacific Northwest (in recorded history) happened and transformed the landscape forever.  On January 26, 1700, at about 9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time a gigantic earthquake occurs 60 to 70 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast. The quake violently shakes the ground for three…


January 23, 2018

Draft COOP Framework

The University of Washington is in the process of developing the Continuity of Operations Framework for the University. The draft plan is available at: DRAFT University of Washington COOP Framework v1.1 This plan is draft only. This plan is not for distribution. It is being shared for informational purposes only. Questions about this plan can be…


January 22, 2018

UWEM now offering monthly EOC tours!

Have you ever wondered what the UW Emergency Operations Center (EOC) looks like, how it operates, or how it came to exist in the first place? UW Emergency Management is proud to announce that all of this information and more will be presented on the second Friday of every month, between 10 and 11am at the…


January 18, 2018

Trouble using Google products with your NetID?

UW Emergency Management will sometimes utilize Google products to serve our community. This includes: Google Forms, Google Sites, Google Docs and Sheets, etc. Whether or not you are familiar with using Google products of any kind, it should be easy for anyone with a NetID to access whatever product we are asking you to use….


January 8, 2018

Back to the Basics: ERC Charter OPEN for Public Comment

The UW’s Emergency Readiness Committee (ERC) is soliciting public comments from the UW community on its very first formal charter — the governing document that describes for the format, structure, mission, and general procedures on how our committee works.  While the ERC (and the previous EMPC) has been meeting bi-monthly since 2005, we never had…


BARC Month 1: Collect key information about your organization

You know your organization. You know your work. The first step in business continuity planning is taking what you know, and getting it recorded in case you are not around when the plan is activated. For this section we will capture the mission of your organization, base details (the who, what, when, where, why and…


Build Your Plan in a Year

The Build Your Plan in a Year pilot provides one small set of tasks each month for a year, with the goal of enabling a department to build a continuity of operations plan for business, academic and research programs. For more information about the conception and aims of this pilot, please view the blog post,…


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