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June 24, 2019

From the archives: UW stadium civil defense drill during WWII

While the UW prides itself in our regular schedule of emergency and disaster trainings, drills and exercises, we also recently discovered some old news footage of a massive community-wide emergency drill conducted on June 13, 1943.   This daylong civil defense drill at University of Washington stadium (now called Husky Stadium) sets a faux village ablaze. …


June 5, 2019

Ready for another HOT and smoke-filled summer?! The UW “leans-forward” in its planning efforts

On June 4, 2019,  a group of nearly 3O UW staff and external experts convened for the first time to begin an intensive process to plan for the likelihood of yet another hot and dry summer season in Washington State.  Joined by experts from the WA State Climatologist’s Office, the WA State Department of Health,…


June 4, 2019

UW Leadership Convenes to Plan for the Unthinkable

Early in the early morning hours of May 28, 2019, most of us were slowly transitioning back our normal routines after a long Memorial Day holiday.  However, members of the UW’s senior leadership team took this opportunity to meet in the campus emergency operations center (EOC) to learn, discuss and share information on the importance…


Clayton Brainerd elected ERC Vice Chair

The Emergency Readiness Committee unanimously elected Mr. Clayton Brainerd, Analyst in the UW Facilities Partner Resources Department, as its first Vice Chairperson during its May 2, 2019 meeting.  Immediately prior to his election, the ERC updated its governance Charter, which included a new provision requiring that the Committee elect a Vice Chair as part of…


April 12, 2019

Say HELLO to our newest employee: Barry Morgan

After an exhaustive nationwide search for the best-qualified candidate, we are happy to announce that we found “our guy” literally in our own backyard.  Formerly, the Emergency Manager for Central Washington University, Mr. Barry W. Morgan recently accepted the position of Plans, Training and Exercise Manager.  Barry started with UWEM on April 3rd and already…


March 27, 2019

Snowpocalypse 2019: A podcast describing this freak event in Seattle

Want to really understand why our 10+ days of snow, ice and record cold weather in early February 2019 was so unusual?  Click here to be taken to a 12-minute podcast detailing why this series of February storms were so unusual for Western Washington and how many records were broken.  Courtesy of our local FOX-13…


March 18, 2019

UW Alert …or Advisory?!? How does that System Actually Work?

Ever wonder why and how the UW Alert campus notification system actually works?  Who sends out those messages?  How do they determine what the message is?  Well, our friends at the UW Daily newspaper dispatched their finest investigative reporters out to unravel this mystery.  The full feature article can be found HERE.


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…



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