Immediate Emergency Assistance

Dial 9-1-1 from any phone - including cell phones

Police Emergency

Medical Emergency

Fire Emergency

Campus Mass Assembly Areas

The University of Washington has designated and approved eight (8) outdoor Mass Assembly Areas for the dissemination of critical news, alerts and information to the campus in the event of a major disaster or emergency. These sites may be staffed with UW volunteers or staff who will be in direct contact with the UW’s crisis communications team and/or emergency operations center staff. When activated, these sites will serve as focal points for up-to-date, timely and accurate campus disaster information. They are intended to serve primarily as one-way information hubs for “official” campus information (i.e. Is campus closed? Where do I go for help? Are classes postponed? What evacuation routes are open? etc…) Future plans for these 8 sites include provision of emergency triage and medical care, feeding and distribution of disaster supplies (currently unfunded). Click (here) for a PDF map of the current mass assembly areas. These sites are located outdoors due to the high likelihood of building or structural damage after a major earthquake.

American Red Cross Safe and Sound Registry

Following a disaster, it is important to let your family and friends know that you are OK. The American Red Cross has established a Safe and Well website that the UW intends to use if a significant emergency or disaster impacts our campuses.

Everyone will be encouraged to go to the Safe and Well website to report their status. Information you can post includes:

Your name
Whether you are safe
Your location
Contact information
A custom message

Family and friends will be directed to the Safe and Well website and will be able to search for you based on the information you provide. Please note that phone lines may be busy or unavailable after a significant event and UW resources will be directed toward response and recovery efforts. As such, the UW will not be able to provide individual status updates.

Learn more about Safe and Well at

Regional Public Information Network (RPIN)

Please click here to find out about and sign up for the Regional Public Information Network (RPIN)

What To Do In Case Of…

UW’s Mobile Emergency Command Post

The UW has a unique and specialized emergency response tool called the SEMOC. SEMOC stands for “Special Event Mobile Operations Center.”

SEMOC is a mobile command center constructed by the Washington State non-profit organization Association of Operations Volunteers (AOV). Completed in 2001, it was sold to the University of Washington in 2003. Based on a 60 foot Metro bus, SEMOC was specifically designed to provide support at small and large events. Its secondary design purpose was to be used as a platform for emergency services in the event of a large disaster or similar incident.

SEMOC contains a communications center with two console positions and counter space for laptop computers, phones, and radio base stations. It is equipped with CCTV cameras and monitors, its own onboard generation and battery storage system, and a charging rack of handheld mobile radios. The rear half of SEMOC has a kitchen, bathroom, bunk beds, and a conference area. Click and download for more information PDF

NOTE: The SEMOC is officially being decommissioned during the summer of 2012. A newer, modern streamlined and efficient mobile command post will replace the old SEMOC. This new vehicle will allow for more rapid and reliable field response to incidents on- and off-campus. STAY TUNED!!