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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…


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…


July 27, 2017

Great UW ShakeOut 2017 is coming

The Great UW ShakeOut will be on October 19th this year, at promptly (you guessed it) 10:19am! A few early FAQs Do I need to register my department/school/building on the official ShakeOut Washington page? UWEM has registered the entire UW Seattle campus as participating in the 2017 Great ShakeOut. Do I need to register at…


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 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…


September 16, 2016

What if you Knew an Earthquake Was Coming?

Scientists, geologists, local emergency planners, and public educators met at the UW on September 15th to get an update on a new pilot Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system being testing in the Pacific Northwest and provide feedback on improvements    This is not the dreams of science fiction — the technology to provide some warning is…


June 7, 2016

UW Responds to 9.0 Massive NW Cascadia Earthquake

Nearly 50 UW staff temporarily altered their work schedules today and joined nearly 20,000 others in a 4-state region in practicing their skills responding to a simulated 9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.  Three specialized UW teams practiced their rapid structural building inspection skills, hazardous chemical response and specialized disaster mitigation skills in caring for…


May 20, 2016

UW involvement in Cascadia Rising

In just a few weeks, the region will be pretending that the Cascadia Fault (also called the Cascadia Subduction Zone) has ripped. Remember that New York Times article that got everyone talking? The one that talked about what the Greater Seattle Area might look like after “The Really Big One” hits. Hint: The really big…


February 29, 2016

Nisqually #2 or Cascadia Rising?

Did you hear?! Yesterday marked 15 years since the last major earthquake in Washington State. (Nisqually: 2001) The Seattle Times used the anniversary to bring light to an exercise that’s been “in the works” for some time, but is now just around the corner: Cascadia Rising. (June, 2016) Emergency Managers and first responders in every…


December 18, 2015

In case you missed it…

One of our own was recently quoted in a front page article of the student-run newspaper, The Daily. The article features one of the many ground-breaking organizations here on the UW Seattle campus, The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and speaks to the funding issues related to the potentially life-saving Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) System. Check…



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