UWEM What's New Archive

Emergency Management News Archive

Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff. Some past articles may have been removed from the database.

Seasonal Flu Update

January 18, 2013

As we pass the mid-point of winter, so too is seasonal influenza reaching its peak in clinic/ER visits & employees calling out sick. Hall Health Clinic is a great resource to access medical care as well as general healthcare information. Flu vaccines are available for ~$25, and may be covered by your insurance. Additionally, UW-affiliated persons are eligible for a free check-up at Hall Health once per quarter, in case you suspect influenza or other health concerns.

Contact Hall Health Clinic for more information on their website.

Significant Weather Update - January 9th-12th

January 09, 2013

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Seattle announced early Wednesday afternoon of a confirmed risk of scattered snowshowers overnight Wednesday and into the dawn hours of Thursday morning.

The expected snow event will mostly affect areas at or above 400 feet from mean sea level. Snow is expected to stick and accumulate overnight, with amounts between Trace (Less than 0.05 inches) to 2.0 inches.

Temperatures are expected to remain near-freezing through Saturday, January 12th. Weather forecasts currently call for more precipitation on Saturday; it is uncertain at this time if this second event will bring frozen precipitation or not. Stay tuned to local news sources for further updates.

Radio: The ORIGINAL Wireless Technology

January 02, 2013

With the turn-in of UWPD’s old SEMOC vehicle, several pieces of equipment were salvaged to continue service across the UW campus departments, including a HAM radio set that is headed for the UW Emergency Operations Center. As it is being installed & tested, UWEM is putting a call out for any volunteers with HAM radio expertise to serve as EOC dispatch volunteers, monitoring our local frequencies and transmitting messages as required from within the EOC during exercises & real-world events.

Any interested parties should contact Steve Charvat or Scott Preston for more information!

Our Tools & Our Customers Share A Birthday

December 05, 2012

This past Monday, the text message celebrated 20 years of life as the first truly mobile electronic communication format. With nearly 40,000 students enrolled at UW currently, it is amazing to think that the current class of sophomores and juniors have grown up in a society where this level of “instant communication” has always been available; one needs only to look at contemporary disaster relief sites to see how quickly mobile communications & now social media can either raise or drop morale when services are cut or restored.

Read further about the history of the text message and it’s integration into everyday life on CNN’s webpage.

Hurricane Sandy and Pets

November 12, 2012

While on the other coast, last months Hurricane/SuperStorm Sandy showed, once again, that pets suffer even more than their human owners. And, if you are part of the 62% of American homes with pets, NOW IS THE TIME to prepare for your pets. For many of us, our pets are our “family”! Click here for more information.

El Niño Is Dead; All Hail La Nada!

October 24, 2012

After last winter’s cold, wet La Niña conditions, residents of Seattle were looking forward to a quick shift to warmer, drier El Niño weather for the 2012-2013 winter.

Our nautical neighbor, the Pacific Ocean, has other plans. UW’s own celebrity Atmospheric Scientist, Cliff Mass, explains what is going on in the central Pacific and how it could affect the Puget Sound region on his Weather Blog.

UW Science Community Braces For Impact

October 12, 2012

In the spirit of Business, Academic & Research Continuity (BARC), the Earth & Space Sciences department is getting ready for The Great ShakeOut on Thursday, October 18th at 10:18am. ESS and staff members assigned to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) will be participating in the nationwide “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill to promote earthquake safety. The PNSN is used to monitor & study the plate boundaries, fault lines and even earthquake activity located near terrestrial and submarine volcanoes across the Pacific Northwest and northeastern Pacific Ocean.

In addition to the functional part of the day’s earthquake awareness training, a generous grant from Regents Blue Cross is allowing ESS to provide desk emergency kits to their staff, faculty & graduate students; these supplies will help them survive and operate at greater capacity shortly after an earthquake event strikes the Seattle area. Considering how they are directly tied to a hazard of this nature, it’s good to know they are taking action now to improve the odds of being able to continue their day-to-day business as soon as possible after the next inevitable quake!

To learn more about the PNSN, follow their activities via the Seismo Blog.

Prepare in a Year - Oct Tip: Fire Safety

October 01, 2012

When it comes to fire – be smart! If the fire is too big for you to handle, immediately get out of the house. Don’t stop to gather anything or to do anything. Once you are outside, stay outside. Intense heat and toxic fumes can kill you. Learn more

Cool New Earthquake App for Your SmartPhone/Device

September 26, 2012

The Red Cross has launched its official Earthquake App. This newest app gives instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after earthquakes. UW students, faculty and staff can receive earthquake notifications and can track activity where other family and friends live.

Available for free in English or Spanish, the app is the third in a series created by the American Red Cross for use on both iPhone and Android platforms. The Earthquake App comes on the heels of the First Aid and Hurricane apps, which have been downloaded more than 1 million times. Click here for more information and to download the app!

Prepare in a Year: Sept Tip - Drop, Cover & Hold

September 05, 2012

During earthquakes, many people’s fight/flight instinct urges them to run! – even when they know they should “drop, cover, hold.” Why? Rational thought (in other words, the knowing) flees. We learn to counter this instinctual response to run by practicing doing the safe thing. Studies show that people in our country tend to be hurt by falling objects, not collapsing structures. If you are on your feet trying to move, you are in danger from toppling bookcases, breaking windows, flying dishes, falling televisions, collapsing fireplaces, or shifting furniture. Safety comes from quickly getting to a place of safety. Learn more

NWS Media & Emergency Management Workshop

August 30, 2012

The National Weather Service Forecast Office for Seattle will be hosting a workshop for media & emergency management professionals to learn more about upcoming weather conditions for our pending El Nino winter here in western Washington. Click here to register for either Wednesday, October 3 or Thursday, October 4. The program & location of the event is available on their webpage as you register.

Smartphone Apps Provide Mobile Information

August 30, 2012

The 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook provides extensive details on Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) codes & identification when transported in a variety of cargo containers, as well as resources for safety & environmental clean-up. Our HAZMAT Information Page has new information under Additional Resources on how you can obtain this reference guide in an easy, convenient format FREE OF CHARGE!!

UW Tacoma CERT Program

August 24, 2012

CERT is returning to the UW! UWEM commends UW-Tacoma for superior, proactive planning in making progressive commitment to have trained disaster responders on campus through the UW-Tacoma CERT program. Click here for more information on this exciting program.

UWEM Adjusts Its 4-Year Strategy Map

August 09, 2012

In order to constantly adjust to the world around us and changing conditions, UWEM has modified its 4-year stategy map which ensures that all our activities — including Balanced Scorecard and Lean — are in concert with our daily activities. For a peek at the new UWEM strategy map, click here

Classroom Offering for ICS 100, 200 and 700 on August 1 and 2 at UWEM

July 19, 2012

UWEM will be offering a classroom-delivered option for ICS 100, 200 and 700 on August 1 and 2, 2012. Limited space is available. Please contact us at disaster@uw.edu if you are interested.

Prepare in a Year July Tip: Under the Bed Items

July 02, 2012

When disaster strikes, it may be difficult to think as rationally and as quickly as you would like. The more procedures you have in place, and the easier they are to remember and implement, the more effective and efficient will be your response. We recommend that you keep these basic response supplies under the bed. That way, day or night, you’ll know where to go to get the essentials. Learn More

UW to Participate in Evergreeen Quake 2012 on June 5th

May 25, 2012

As part of its annual campuswide disaster drill, the UW will participate in the statewide earthquake disaster drill on Tuesday June 5, 2012. The UW, including its senior leadership, will test our collective response to a massive regional earthquake. While the exercise will be simulated, we will be testing various systems and plans and expect to develop improved response capabilities. More information can be found here

A Fun Doomsday Website Just Published

May 04, 2012

The Doomsday Preppers are ready for a variety of cataclysmic disasters that could mean the end of the world as we know it. But which end-of-the-world scenario are we all really worried about? Using Twitter, this website is mining the chatter to see what is at the forefront of the public’s collective consciousness. Will it be a megaquake, economic collapse, global pandemic, a 2012 cataclysm, nuclear war, solar-flare-induced power failures, or an extreme oil crisis that leads to the unraveling of society? Check back to see what the masses are saying, and see which catastrophe is on top of the Doomsday Dashboard. Click here

La Nina Quietly (and Finally) Is Over

May 03, 2012

Who would have guessed that our past Winter (and early) Spring would have been so wet, long and cold? Well, the good news is that is “officially” over. Click here for more information and all the details!

Go Ahead: DROP, COVER & HOLD ON on April 25th

April 16, 2012

UWEM recommends that all UW units and departments to practice the “Drop, Cover & Hold” actions as part of the statewide Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness drill on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 anytime. While the “official” statewide drill takes place from 9:45 to 10 AM (mostly for K-12 schools), we strongly encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of their morning to reinforce these important steps that have saved many lives in previous earthquakes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The UW has no legal or mandatory requirement for participation in the statewide drill, but we do recommend that units, departments, offices, buildings and individuals voluntarily take a moment to review the basics of “Drop, Cover and Hold” in their workplaces, classrooms and residences. Check out our “Earthquake and Tsunami” resources on our homepage for more information.

Prepare in a Year: April Tip

April 03, 2012

72-Hour Comfort Kits: Chances are you will have to rely upon supplies you have available in your home for at least he first three days following any major disaster. Store these items in something that is portable and easily carried, like a plastic tub with a tight-fitting lid. In the event of fire or rapid evacuation, you’ll appreciate having more than just the clothes on your back. Learn more

The Pacific NW's Uber EQ Threat

March 15, 2012

A new article from Discover Magazine highlights not one, but multiple potential scenarios for a earthquake at least as destructive as the March 11, 2011 9.0 magnitude Tohoku, Japan megathrust earthquake. These scenarios are based on geological evidence and are well-supported by research supported at the University of Washington. The article can be found here.

Solar Storm

March 08, 2012

UWEM practices an All-Hazards planning model, even for something like a Solar Storm. The last significant solar storm that impacted humanity caused a geomagnetic storm that resulted in a 9-hour black-out for 6 million people in Quebec, Canada in March, 1989.

Prepare in a Year: March Tip - Storing Water

March 01, 2012

Water is essential for survival. The ground trembling and shaking caused by earthquakes can crack or break the lines that bring fresh water to your house. You may have to rely for three days or more on the water you have stored. Learn more

Quake Experts Predict our "Big One" Could be Much Worse than Previoiusly Thought

February 21, 2012

Experts agree that it’s not a matter of if, but when the Pacific Northwest is rocked by an enormous earthquake, but new information shows that the “big one” could be even bigger and badder than first thought.

Scientists say when the next big one hits, it could be something straight out of your nightmares. Click here for more details.