UW Emergency Management

March 15, 2019

Off the Richter Scale … Can the Pacific Northwest prepare for the cataclysmic quake that’s coming?

Americans have long dreaded the “Big One,” a magnitude 8.0 earthquake along California’s San Andreas Fault that could one day kill thousands of people and cause billions of dollars in damage. The Big One, though, is a mere mini-me compared with the cataclysm forming beneath the Pacific Northwest. This fascinating, and yes, quite scary article…


February 20, 2019

How UW-Tacoma Tackles Winter Weather

Kudos to our partners on the Tacoma Campus in their recent battle with Ole’ Man Winter earlier this month!  Like their colleagues at the Bothell and Seattle campuses (and dozens of other satellite locations throughout Western Washington), the work done behind-the-scenes by university staff is both complex and a bit magical.  If you ever wanted…


February 5, 2019

February 4-13, 2019 (Record-Setting Lowland Snowstorm and Ice Trigger Closures)

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…


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 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…


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