Newsletter: January, 2009

UWEM Welcomes in 2009

With the recent release of the Governor’s proposed 2009-2011 biennium budget looking bleak, UWEM has been working closely with our parent department, Facilities Services and other university partners to identify potential expenditure reductions to meet our very likely 15-20% budget cuts. UWEM is not petitioning the federal government for a bailout like everyone else. Instead, I got this wild idea — we’re going to make our customers satisfied by developing and implementing services that our campus wants and needs! It’s just crazy enough that it might just work.

Obviously, this will be quite a challenge for such a small department as UWEM. We have been brainstorming of ways to meet these fiscal challenges without degrading the level of service we provide to the UW campus. We will continue to focus in the coming year on what we consider the “bread and butter” issues of planning, training and exercising. The driving force of our limited activities will be driven by a renewed focus on our pending 2009-2013 Strategic Plan update.

As resources become more scare, we will rely more heavily on those core services that are identified in our current strategic plan. UWEM welcomes your comments, suggestions and ideas for the next update of the Strategic Plan. A copy of the current plan can be found online at:

— Steve Charvat, UWEM Director

A Wholesome Winter Recipe

WOW, it was a cold, frigid and snowy December. Unbelievable! Brrrrr!!! Well, we all hope you had a good Holiday season (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, etc…) and had some quality time with friends and family. My plan for this newsletter was to submit my typical (boring) financial information but I am still in the holiday spirit and food is still on my mind more than numbers, so I thought I would take a break from the normal routine and pass on a really good recipe that I borrowed from one of my co-workers. It’s easy and its good!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Muffins

2 Eggs 1 Cup Sugar Can Pumpkin (15 oz can) cup Vegetable Oil 1 Cups Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder Teaspoon Cinnamon Teaspoon Salt 1 Cup Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees. First add all wet ingredients, then add the dry. Pour batter into muffins tins or loaf pans. Muffins cook for 15-20 minutes, loaves take 45-55 minutes.

This recipe turns out good every time and is delicious. Hope you all have a good 2009 and I will be back to talking financial stuff next time round. Happy New Year!!

— Dede Hough, Fiscal Specialist

Winter Commuting

While we should all have our emergency and disaster plans and kits in place, here are a few more tips to consider as we face the winter season and the challenges of commuting to and from work.

Avoid the commute it you can! Take work home when bad weather is predicted and be prepared to telecommute if needed.

Invite a colleague, friend, or relative to stay at your house if you know they wont be able to make it home. Likewise, ask a colleague, friend or relative who lives close to campus if you can go to their house if you cant get home. If you prefer more privacy, keep a contact list of local hotels and motels where you can stay in a pinch.

Make sure you have back-up plans for your kids and critters just in case your home commute ends up being delayed by hours or you get stuck at work.

If youre not into wearing snow boots or traction soled shoes to work, get a lightweight traction device like YakTrax or other attachable traction soles to carry in your purse or backpack. (Everyone in UWEM has a pair of YakTraxtheyre great even on icy sidewalks!)

Make a trip to the bathroom before getting in your car or boarding the bus. It could be a long ride home.

Always take a coat even if youre driving and you dont anticipate being in the weather. You never know if you might have to walk or spend the night in your car.

Check in or subscribe to the Regional Public Information Network - for the latest information about the weather, traffic, buses, etc.

Subscribe to the UW Alert site - - to learn the latest news regarding closures and other emergencies on campus.

— Clarice Hall, Special Projects

Changes to KIRO Radio and Digital TV Broadcasts Start in 2009

Starting January 1, 2009 KIRO Radio 710 AM will change over to an all-sports format. KIRO 97.3 FM will become all news. Hence, KIRO 97.3 FM & KOMO AM 1000 should be listed as the designated emergency broadcast stations for the greater Seattle metro region.

Also, even though it has been widely publicized, many people need to be aware that effective February 17th, all television broadcasters in the US will be switching over from the older analog signal to an all-digital format. That means if you use an old “rabbit ears” or rooftop antenna, you will have to purchase a digital converter box. Also, for many people who have an older non-digital battery-operated TV in their disaster kits (of for camping), it will no longer be any good. Another reason to go through your disaster supplies in 2009. Its time to reprogram your emergency radios, replace that old TV and replace expired items such as batteries, food and water.

MAKE THIS YOUR #1 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION. The next time you are snowbound in your home due to inclement weather, this will give you something to keep you busy!

— Siri-Elizabeth McLean, Plans & Training Manager

In Case you Did not Get what You Wanted for the Holidays

The Pet Emergency Pocket Guide is a practical resource that helps pet owners plan ahead and locate care for their pets in the event of an injury, illness or emergency.

This convenient 3”x5” guide delivers simple step-by-step guidelines that make caring for pets easy. Easy-to-follow, tabbed, color-coded, and illustrated sections both show and tell you what to do for your pets, before, during, and after an emergency.

Written and edited by a team of veterinarians, experts in animal safety, and pet owners, the guide contains the most up-to-date information available on emergency planning and care for pets. From first aid and emergencies, to traveling with pets and the latest information on evacuation and sheltering, this is an essential resource that ensures you will be able to respond to an emergency quickly and confidently.

  • How-to” first aid, including CPR, Heimlich
  • General care, including handling, grooming, muzzling, and transporting
  • Glossary of signs and conditions in dogs and cats
  • Taking care of a sick dog or cat, and more serious conditions

The book retails for $16.95 and even comes in a less-expensive electronic version to put on you mobile data device or computer!

Go to for ordering information. It also covers topics such as:

  • How to create a pet emergency kit
  • List of toxic foods
  • Traveling with your pet, including a travel kit
  • Pet safety, including preparing for natural disasters
  • Information on sheltering, since many shelters do not accept pets
  • Evacuating pets, and how to create a shelter/evacuation kit

This Guide is an essential tool for pet owners.

— Santa Paws

Give the gift of Emergency Supplies

In an effort to help my friends and family I decided to begin gifting emergency supplies. This may sound a little hokey and my friends already make fun of my excessive preparedness supplies but this is my way to help the ones I love and care about begin to get better prepared. Instead of continuing to listen to the excuses and how they are all coming to my house and I will take care of them, I have begun to take action. For Christmas gifts this year I gave everyone a basic emergency kit. My idea being to get them started with the basics along with a little education on what they are getting. Then throughout the year for birthdays or other occasions they will each receive another preparedness item. This is a win win situations. It makes gift giving easy as I dont have to wonder each time what do I get this person and I am helping my loved ones become better prepared and aware. Instead of continuing to tell them what to do I have begun holding their hands and guiding them. My goal is that when the big one does hit I know I have done what I could to help those I love. Why not try making this your year of gifting emergency supplies as well? Begin helping guide your loved ones to be better prepared.

— Siri-Elizabeth McLean, Plans & Training Manager