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
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
Prepare in a Year: Sept Tip - Drop, Cover & Hold
NWS Media & Emergency Management Workshop
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com if you are interested.
UW Disaster Plan Undergoes Revision
Between now and September, the UW’s main all-hazards emergency management plan, will be going through its formal 2-year update cycle. Members of UW community, stakeholders and the public are welcomed to review the current 2010 plan (click here) and then submit their comments, suggestions for changes/improvements or questions directly to UWEM staff. Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2012.
Prepare in a Year July Tip: Under the Bed Items
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Getting Ready for the "Big One": UW Style
The February 14th edition of the DAILY student newspaper contained a lengthy and detailed article on how the UW Seattle campus prepares for and potentially will respond to a catastrophic earthquake. Not-if, but when is our constant motto. To read the entire article, click here
When the Power Goes Out Off-Campus
This morning at around 5:30, large chunks of SW campus (including many residence halls on West Campus) went dark due to a power “spike” from Seattle City Light. If you have power and ever want to see a map of current power outages, check out their cool website that shows areas impacted. Click here for more information.
Day 3 of Nasty Winter Weather .
Winter weather emergency responses continue for the UW system as Mother Nature decided that she actually WOULD give us as taste of winter. The UW-Seattle campus is closed again today (Thurs. 01/19) for classes but essential service employees are required to report to work. Our emergency response teams continue to monitor local weather, road and transit operations and respond to the ongoing snow and ice. STAY TUNED to this website and the UW’s main website for updates on delays, suspended operations and other weather-related conditions.
We're Looking for a few Good Men (and Women)!
UWEM is in the process of hiring 2 junior/senior or graduate students for 2 exciting (and funded) research projects. Both positions are PAID and will go through December 2012. Go to the Husky Career Center for more information - Job postings 59037 & 59029 . One position will develop 2 disaster plans for the UW and the other will develop an online disaster response tracking system.
National Blood Donor Month
Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather, and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. The America Association of Blood Banks, in conjunction with America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, celebrates National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood. Click here for more information.
Prepare in a Year Monthly Tip: Action Plan
Would you know what to do if an earthquake occurred? A quick response to an earthquake event, volcanic eruption, chemical release and other hazard is critical to your safety and that of your loved ones. Therefore the focus for the first month of Prepare in a Year is to Develop an Action Plan. Learn about the potential hazards and specific actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Cool Website to Track UW-Seattle Campus' Snow Removal
Ever wondered if you should put on your boots or snow tires to trek across the snowy Seattle campus during a snowstorm? Well, instead of looking out the window, you can now track the status of nearly 120 sidewalks and roads on the Seattle campus to see if they have been plowed or shoveled. Click [here] for a map-based look at your Facilities Department hard-at-work keeping our campus open, accessible and safe!
Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
The United State Fire Administration (USFA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are working together to remind everyone that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season. This is due in part to an increase in cooking and heating fires. Holiday decorations and winter storms that can interrupt electrical service and cause people to turn to alternative heating sources also contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter. Click here for more information.