UW Emergency Management

Earthquakes


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…


October 26, 2018

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…


October 10, 2018

10/18 at 10:18 am: The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Where will you be on Thursday, October 18th around 10:18 am?  Hopefully, safety tucked away under a desk or table, practicing your “DROP, COVER & HOLD ON” skills.  For the 3rd year in a row, on a building-by-building voluntary basis, thousands of UW staff, faculty and students will once again be participating in the nationwide…


April 16, 2018

UW Senior Leadership Test Recovery Plans

  On April 5, the senior leadership of UW Finance and Administration departments gathered at the Facilities Training Center to discuss how to restore operations on campus that had been interrupted two-weeks prior by a severe earthquake. At least, that was the scenario of the surprise tabletop exercise hosted by the office of the Executive…


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…


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…


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…


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,…



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