UWEM Director Steve Charvat was elected Vice-Chair of the International Association of Emergency Manager's (newly-formed) College and University Committee on May 25, 2007. This committee represents practicing EM officials in higher education institutions. IAEM is the world's largest professional association with over 3,000 members.
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Below are news articles that have been archived by our staff.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.
UWEM Staff Elected Vice-Chair of IAEM University Committee
UWEM Director Chosen to Speak at S. American Conference
UWEM Director Steven Charvat has been selected as part of a 5-member US delegation to make a presentation on disaster management to the Argentina Institute of Standardization. This late-June weeklong conference will involve over 200 emergency management and engineering professionals from throughout South America.
FREE course - Earthquake Retrofit for Your House
You've heard the predictions, seen the fault line maps and even felt the earth shake in February 2001. Now it's time to ask yourself if your house can withstand another significant earthquake. Each time an earthquake hits, it weakens your house's structure, so past performance is no guarantee of future stability. Learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it requires earthquake retrofitting. Retrofitting methods and tools will be presented along with information on the City of Seattle code and permit requirements. TO REGISTER call Safeco' Neighborhood Academy at 206-545-6111. This training is FREE held both Thursdays, June 21st & June 26th.
After months of planning and testing, the UW's primary Pandemic Flu gateway webpage went live today (May 1st). This page is intended to be a gateway to up-to-date news, actions and notices to the UW campus and community on recent efforts, activities and policy decisions related to the UW's preparation for and response to a pandemic influenza event. Check back regularly for updates and news items. Click here for more information.
UW Staffers Selected to be part of the Seattle Metro Incident Management Team
Elenka Jarolimek and Scott Preston from UWEM along with David Girts from UWPD were selected to be part of the Seattle Metro Incident Management Team. The type III Incident Management team is made up of representatives from a variety of disciplines from different agencies in the Seattle Metro Area and King County. The Seattle Metro IMT will have a primary mission of assisting agencies and jurisdictions in providing incident management for complex incidents or large-scale special events.
April 24, 2007 is the Statewide Earthquake & Tsunami Preparedness Drill
Join UWEM and dozens of UW Departments, offices and buildings in participating in the voluntary statewide annual earthquake and tsunami response drill. UWEM recommends that all UW faculty, staff and students take 15-minutes out of their day to pracice the DROP-COVER-HOLD drill. These simple steps may one day save your life. Click [here} for more information
Gould Hall Shooting 12:25 pm Update (4/2/07)
This morning's shooting incident at Gould Hall has stablized. All afternoon and evening classes at Gould Hall have been cancelled or relocated at alternate sites. Classroom Support Services has contacted all instructional staff. The crime scene investigation is continuing. All students, faculty and staff have been evacuated from the building. The remainer of the UW Seattle Campus is OPEN.
Members of the UW community may make themselves available to a number of free services for crisis and grief counseling. Students may drop by the Student Counseling Center, located in Schmitz Hall, Room 401 to talk to trained counselors.
In addition, both students and faculty/staff may go to the UW's Mental Health Clinic, located at Hall Health, 3rd Floor, 206-543-5030, http://www.hallhealth.washington.edu/mentalhealth
Faculty and Staff may contact CARELINK, for immediate phone assistance or to schedule an individual appointment at 866-598-3978.
Gould Hall Shooting Update: 2:25 pm (4/2/07)
NEW: Information regarding relocated afternoon and evening classes can be found online at: http://depts.washington.edu/registra/gould.html
A double shooting early this morning Gould Hall has been stablized. Gould Hall will be closed for the remainder of the day for classes and meetings. All other UW buildings, classes and business will continue as usual.
The UW Office of the Registrar and Classroom Support Services are working together to relocate some classes and seminars scheduled for Gould Hall this afternooon and evening.
A criminal investigation is underway. Emergency services are on-scene. Updates will be provided if the situation changes.
Join the UWEM "Gilligan
Stop by the UWEM Booth at the U-wide BIZTECH Fair on March 14th at the HUB Ballroom. Your UWEM friends (Gilligan, the Skipper, Maryann, Mrs. Howell and Ginger) will be providing tips and freebies to show you how you can best prepare for any disaster, even being stranded on a tropical island.
UW Emergency Manager Selected to Sit on National Evaluation of Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program
UWEM Emergency Management Specialist, Elenka Jarolimek, was invited to participate in the Department of Homeland Security's FEMA National Evaluation of Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. This will consist of review and evaluation of grant applications from States, Communities and Tribes requesting funds to develop plans or projects that address the threat of natural hazards. The 2007 National Evaluation will result in the selection of mitigation projects and plans designed to reduce risks to population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from disaster declarations.
UWEM Customer Service Suggestions Showing Progress
As a result of the 2006 UWEM Customer Service Survey, our team has been working hard to fully-implement the 24 recommended service improvements suggested by our clients. To-date, we have completed 16 of the 24 (66%) suggestions! 3 are still in-progess or ongoing and only 5 have yet to begin. Click here to see all the exciting details as we continue to work hard to serve and protect our university.
UWEM Welcomes 2 New Staffers
UWEM is happy to welcome 2 members to our team. Ms. Suzy Bramwell, a graduate student in the School of Nursing will be working with us to develop a new Pandemic Flu webpage for the UW. Kate Nickel, will return to UWEM and is assisting us in the development of a new campuswide disaster volunteer management plan. Both will be working part-time. Join us in making them feel right at home. Click here for more information and their full biographies.
The first working copy of the UW's Pandemic Flu Guidance document (referred to as the Pan Flu "Plan") was officially released in its initial format to the campus on October 11, 2006. All UW Health and Safety Committees received a copy. This documents is a work-in-progress and will be revised by the UW's Advisory Commitee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD).
Time To Dust off the UW Inclement (Snow) Weather Policy
With the continued messy winter weather over the next few months, UW Emergency Management reminds students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the approved Inclement Weather Policy. All updates and closures will be posted on the UW Homepage and via the 206-897-INFO line with up-to-date information. Remember — the UW NEVER closes, we just suspend operations. Essential employees are still expected to show up to work!
Annual Partners in Emergency Preparedness Registrations Open NOW
Join over 500 local, state and regional emergency management professionals for the annual Partners in Preparedness Conference. This April 10-11, 2007 event will take place at the Tacoma Convention Center. This is the best disaster preparedness conference in the Northwest. Hurry up! Registrations fill up fast on a "first come — first registered" policy.
The 12 Days of Christmas - Disaster Style
Most people believe that on the First Day of Christmas the appropriate gift to give is a PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE. Well, the American Red Cross believes in building Disaster Resistant Neighborhoods during the Holiday Season as well during the Hurricane Season.
To help you in purchasing stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts designed to make individuals, families and the homes they live in as safe as possible, the American Red Cross has put together the following recommendations for gifts for the Twelve Days Of Christmas.
Now Clean up begins
Re-routes remain in effect due to the closure of the Evergreen Point Bridge (State Route 520). Metro and Sound Transit routes will make regular stops in downtown Seattle or the University District, and then operate via I-5, I-90, and I-405. Stops at Montlake Freeway Station, Evergreen Point Freeway Station, and Yarrow Point Freeway station will not be made. However, a shuttle will serve Evergreen Point and Yarrow Point freeway station and will connect to other service at Bellevue Transit Center. The bridge will reopen to traffic when winds subside and the bridge has been inspected. This could be as late as noon today. As blockages are cleared and highways reopen, Metro will reassess service changes and reroutes and make adjustments until conditions are back to normal. (12-15-2006 09:54:00 AM)
High Winds Disrupt Transit
The SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge has re-opened to traffic and buses.
Until further notice, other Eastside transit routes north of I-90 are serving only Park & Ride lots, Transit Centers, and Freeway Station stops due to numerous road blockages in neighborhoods.
Transit service has resumed normal operations on the University of Washington campus, however power outages, roadway obstructions, and flooding may continue to delay or reroute bus service throughout Metro's service area. (Friday, December 15, 1:45 PM)
Weather continues to affect Transit service
Transit service has resumed normal operation on the University of Washington campus.
The SR-520 Bridge remains closed, but is expected to re-open before the afternoon commute - as soon as it is deemed safe.
Metro Transit and Sound Transit buses that normally cross SR-520 are serving regular stops in downtown Seattle and the University District, then operating via I-5, I-90, and I-405, missing stops at Montlake Freeway Station, Evergreen Point Freeway Station, and Yarrow Point Freeway Station. However, the Medina Shuttle serves Evergreen Point and Yarrow Point Freeway Stations and connects to other service at Bellevue Transit Center. (12-15-2006 11:47:00 AM)
UW Campus Snow/Ice Update for November 29 (Posted 4:30 pm)
Evening classes in Seattle are cancelled. UW Bothell is suspending operations at 3:30 PM. UW Tacoma is suspending operations at 5:00 PM. With today
New Business Continuity Management Website is Live
UW Emergency Management is pleased to announce that the UW Business Continuity website is now live, offering ideas and helpful hints on how to get your business unit prepared.
Oct. 24 UW Building Emergency Responder Summit Materials Now Online
UWEM, in cooperation with UW Police, Facilities Services, EH&S and Seattle Fire, hosted the 1st Building Responder Summit on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. This event was open to all UW staff, but primarily for staff responsible for building safety and disaster response (Building Coordinators, Evacuation Wardens, UW CERT, Department Administrators, Health & Safety Committee members…) A copy of the Powerpoint presentation may be viewed/downloaded by clicking HERE.
Business Continuity Symposium (November 6th)
UW Emergency Management, in cooperation with the UW Business School and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 2006 Business Continuity Symposium November 6, 2006 in the Walker-Ames Room at Kane Hall, Room 225. This is a FREE event.
Our guest speaker will be Brian Yeoman of the Houston Area Research Center, an expert on disaster recovery at universities. Additional presentations by Barbara Benson, Director of UW Records Management on vital records protection and Scott Preston, UW Business Continuity Manager on best practices in business continuity management. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
UWEM Hosts 1st Building Emergency Responder Summit
UWEM, in cooperation with UW Police, Facilities Services, EH&S and Seattle Fire, hosted the 1st Building Responder Summit on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. This event was open to all UW staff, but primarily for staff responsible for building safety and disaster response (Building Coordinators, Evacuation Wardens, UW CERT, Department Administrators, Health & Safety Committee members…) Click here for a preliminary program and program specifics. A copy of the Powerpoint presentation will be posted online in the near future. CHECK BACK SOON!
QuakeFest: Get Ready To Rumble!
October 11, 2006, 11 AM