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 !


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,…


One Year to Husky Ready

When I started in my role as Business, Academic, and Research Continuity (BARC) Program Manager in September, I immediately familiarized myself with our Husky Ready tool, and began the process of sitting down with department stakeholders across the enterprise to find out what they thought of the tool and continuity planning overall. What I heard time and again:…


December 20, 2017

Real-Time Snow Removal Information

Tis the season! While Seattle is not known for getting much snow – it does happen, and it does affect what goes on around here! Did you know that Facilities Services maintains two online maps featuring snow accumulation and snow removal during such weather events? Check them out! Snow Removal: Roads & Snow Removal: Sidewalks…


December 11, 2017

Great UW ShakeOut 2017: Recap

As 2017 comes to a close, the UW Emergency Management team has been reflecting on some of our biggest events of the past year. The 2017 Great UW ShakeOut was a huge success, for example! While not required in order to participate, UWEM asked that our friends across the university  register internally with us so…


November 28, 2017

Seattle Traffic + Winter Weather = ???

Let’s talk winter weather preparedness! Winter is a prime time for car accidents, with darker commutes and wet or icy road conditions. Add the notorious Seattle traffic problem in the mix, and well, are you prepared to be stuck in your car for hours on end? While having some type of emergency car-kit is always…


Meet Megan: UWEM’s New BARC Program Manager

We are excited to welcome UW Emergency Management’s newest staff member, Megan Levy. Megan joined our team at the end of September to manage our Business, Academic and Research Continuity (BARC) program. Megan joins us after time at Microsoft and the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region. She is a Washington alum, having received her master’s in…


UWEM leading effort to build Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) for Washington State

UW Emergency Management is fortunate to be one of the partners leading the way for a Washington State Virtual Operations Support Team also known as a VOST.  Members of a VOST are a diverse mix of professional emergency managers, technologists, communications specialists, and volunteers that share a passion for harnessing technology for the greater good. …


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