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.
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
Prepare in a Year: Dec Tip - Home Hazard Hunt
Identify potential home hazards. All of Washington State has the potential of being impacted by a major earthquake. Earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. When they occur, they cause the ground to undulate and shake, perhaps violently. Buildings – and their contents – are vulnerable to this rocking and rolling. Fortunately, experts teach how to secure homes to their foundations, and contents to wall studs. Learn more
Nationwide Emergency Alert Test on November 9th (Don't Worry!)
“This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. The broadcasters of your area in voluntary cooperation with federal, state and local authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information.” Remember that? Well, for the first time in US History, a true nation-wide test will occur this Wednesday, November 9th at 11 am PST. Click here for more information. The UW will not be testing any of our systems to avoid any confusion on that date!
UWEM Find's GOLD in Green
UWEM and the EOC was notified on October 20th that we are the first Facilities Department (and 2nd in the whole UW) to achieve the “Gold Level” office certification for our efforts in environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts! Congratulations to the entire UWEM Team for a job well-done! For more information on this exciting program, click here.
La Nina is Back!
Just in time for Halloween...A Zombie Novella from the CDC
Just in time for the fun of Halloween, the CDC has released an entertaining way to learn about emergency preparedness through a Zombie Novella(click here). What’s YOUR zombie plan?
Prepare in a Year - Sept Tip: Drop Cover Hold
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. Read more
WHAT IF A Mega-Tsunami Hit the Pacific Northwest
Outside Magazine recently published a 15-page realistic scenario of what life would be like if a “mega-tsunami” and earthquake hit the Pacific Northwest. This is a great read for those of us who must prepare our families and communities for the not-if-but-when catastrophic disaster to hit our entire region. Read more here
Better Safe than Sorry
Today’s Seattle TIMES editorial re-confirmed and validated that the recent local, state and Federal government preparatory actions to Hurricane Irene on the East Coast likely saved many lives. UWEM follows this same “mantra” by working with students, faculty and staff throughout the UW system to be prepared. Unlike hurricanes, our major disasters (earthquakes) likely will not give us 3-4 days notice on Weather Channel! Click here to read what they said.
Not all University Disaster Programs are Created Equal
A recent news article in the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) detailed a nation-wide study of college and university disaster preparedness efforts. Want to see how the UW rated? Click here
September: A Time to Remember a Time to Prepare
Septemeber is National Preparedness Month. Please join us Thursday Sept 8th between 10am-2pm in the UW Tower Cafeteria for an extrordinary preparedness event! See flyer for details.
The "Triangle of Life": Internet rumors and earthquake safety
The “Triangle of Life” is an alternative earthquake safety concept promoted by Doug Copp & is making its way around the Internet again. This concept is misinformation for earthquakes in the United States and it’s dangerous to follow.
This rumor shows up every few years, especially after a large earthquake, and we must de-bunk it. It is not applicable in the US, where our building codes are among the best in the world. Most injuries & death in the US from earthquakes occur from non-structural threat (stuff inside the building) not from structural threat (the building itself). The best way to react to an earthquake is to Drop, Cover and Hold on until 30 seconds after the shaking stops. We encourage everyone to ignore the Triangle of Life message. It’s dangerous!
For more information the Triangle of Life, visit these weblinks:
For information on proper earthquake training and safety, please click here
Webinar: A Practical Guide to Pacific Northwest Earthquakes is a great training opportunity being offered twice. Sept 21 & 22 from 9-10am. Presented by Joan Gomberg USGS. Learn more
Prepare in a Year - August Tip: Utility Safety
Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following any major earthquake. Water quickly becomes a precious resource following many disasters. It is vital that all household members know how to shut off the natural gas as well as shut off the water at the main house valve. More info
UWEM Launches its First LEAN Initiative
On July 20th, 11 UWEM partners, stakeholders and staff officially “launched” our first LEAN initiative. A campus-wide Team provided input and focus for our BARC continuity program. The result of this exciting launch event will include a number of concrete improvements to this new UWEM program. More information on the BARC program and the LEAN efforts can be found on the BARC website.
UWEM Seeks EOC Volunteers
Check out the UW Today Article. With the development of the new Emergency Operations Center UWEM is seeking interested volunteers to help staff the facility during times of activation.
Prepare in a Year - July Tip
Under-the-bed items: Ready to respond - day or night. 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. More Info
Upcoming Training for EOC Responders
In preparation for the University Wide Diaster Drill on Sept 22nd 2011, UWEM will be hosting a 2-part series of training for our EOC responders. Click here for more details.
UW scientists take earthquake science closer to prediction
Check out this great article!
Prepare in a Year: June Tip
Extended Event Supplies: Coping with the impact of a disaster is never fun. However, much of the inconvenience and discomfort the disaster causes can be reduced by planning alternative ways to take care of your needs. More details
New Training: Emergency Planning for Campus Executives
This 2-hour overview of emergency planning serves as a briefing for executives of institutions of higher education. It provides them with insights into multi-hazard emergency planning and their role in protecting lives, property, and operations. The course consists of 7 modules which can be delivered independently so that executives can tailor it to fit their schedules and needs. Course Flyer FEMA Courses
May is Volcano Awareness Month
In May 1980, we experienced the eruption of Mount St. Helens. This event created havoc in many communities and sent ash clouds across our state and the nation. Scientist agree that Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range are capable of future eruptions. Sheltering-in-Place may be required if evacuation is not possible in the event of a volcanic eruption. Learn more
Prepare in a Year: May Tip
Important Documents: After a major disaster, you may need financial assistance and will want to document any property loss for insurance and income tax purposes. Having ready access to the documents necessary for completing application forms, as well as those which could be difficult to replace, will help reduce delay and frustration. More Info
Check out the new 3Days3Ways website!
Get ready now. Be prepared to survive for at least 3 days after a disaster. The chances are high that a catastrophe could happen in the Northwest. Make it Through
What if a major earthquake hit the Seattle area? What if a tsunami followed? Would you be prepared? Do you know what to do to stay as safe as possible and to survive a potentially catastrophic event? The KOMO 4 Problem Solvers want to help make sure you are. We investigate the likelihood of a major earthquake, tsunami or volcano and asked what your family needs to know and whether government officials are prepared. Watch the 40 minute video