UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management (UWEM) is a department of UW Facilities. We provide technical and custom services to the entire institution, including individual and group training, orientations, consultative sessions, seminars and orientation materials as they relate to major campus crises, disasters and major emergency incidents.

With input from our stakeholders, we facilitate the development and implementation of institution-wide, department and individual protection programs and projects that promote disaster resilience, planning, training, mitigation, response, prevention and recovery for all-hazards.

UWEM-2019-Factsheet:  This 2-page fact sheet summarizes our history, department organization, and services we offer to the campus community.

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  • September 7, 2019: Lightning storm sends Cal-Washington football game into lengthy delay

    September 9, 2019

    The unprecedented game delay of 2-hours and 38-minutes meant that the game did not end until after1am the next morning.  Local news coverage reported that fewer than 10,000 fans remained to watch the game's conclusion.  A record number of lightning strikes in Western Washington, along with brief heavy rainfall, thunder and winds, caused localized flooding, power outages and traffic accidents.  Along with UWEM employees working in the EOC supporting every home football game, expert meteorology staff from the local National Weather Service Office at Sandpoint, were present to give minute-by-minute spot weather forecasts to the Stadium Command Post in support of the response.  Power spikes and temporary loss of stadium lights provided a challenging night of response.  To make matters worse, the #14-ranked UW team lost to Cal by a score of 19-20.


  • Annual UW Indoor Alert Test COMING

    August 27, 2019

    UW Alert LogoThe UW's Crisis Communication Team, in coordination with UWEM, will be conducting a brief test of the UW's Indoor Alert System (IAS) on Thursday, September 5th at approximately 7:00 am.  This annual mandated activity will test the alarm systems in nearly 140 buildings and structures on the main Seattle campus.  Expect to hear brief loud noises, beeps and tones as well as see flashing strobe lights and test messages on LED reader boards throughout campus.    Building occupants will NOT be asked/required to leave the building.  For more information on the various notification tools and systems used by the UW in case of an emergency, click HERE.


  • The Lone Star State gets another Star! Megan Levy headed east...

    August 26, 2019

    Texas Mutual Insurance recently hit the jackpot by hiring Megan Levy as it newest business continuity consulting partner.  Sadly, Megan's last day as the UW's Business, Academic and Research Continuity (BARC) Manager was August 23, 2019.  In her two short years with UWEM, Megan propelled the BARC program from it's ground-level beginnings into the stratosphere!

    Thanks Megan for all your hard work, weekend/storm/late night EOC staffing, sense of humor and jazz-hands "extreme likeability" attitude!  The impact you had on the UW will be felt for decades to come.  It was an honor to have worked alongside you and we all wish you the best in your career.  In the interim, all BARC-related issues and followup should be directed to disaster@uw.edu or call us at 206.897.8000.


  • Annual Nationwide Alert Test on August 7, 2019

    July 24, 2019

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  and the FCC scheduled the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for August 7, 2019 at 11:20 a.m. PST.  FEMA states that this year’s test will differ from the nationwide tests that have been conducted over the past several years in that it will be issued through the National Public Warning System, composed of FEMA-designated Primary Entry Point facilities, to test the readiness of the EAS to function in the absence of Internet connectivity.

    THE TEST WILL FOCUS ON THE ABILITY OF EAS TO OPERATE WITHOUT IPAWS OR THE INTERNET.  THE TEST WILL REACH EAS PARTICIPANTS AND RADIO & TV STATIONS SOLEY BY OVER-THE-AIR MEANS. THROUGH THE TRADITIONAL “DAISY CHAIN.”

    So, if you happen to watching TV or listening to the radio on August 7th at 11:20 am, you will see the test "in-action".  For more information, click HERE.


  • From the archives: UW stadium civil defense drill during WWII

    June 24, 2019

    WWII drill photo at UW StadiumWhile the UW prides itself in our regular schedule of emergency and disaster trainings, drills and exercises, we also recently discovered some old news footage of a massive community-wide emergency drill conducted on June 13, 1943.   This daylong civil defense drill at University of Washington stadium (now called Husky Stadium) sets a faux village ablaze.  Attended by over 35,000 spectators and hundreds of emergency responders and medical and military personnel, the event was meant to demonstrate what could happen in the case of an attack on US soil.

    World War II was well underway on June 13, 1943, and still more than two years away from its official end. About a year and a half prior, the United States entered the fray by declaring war on Japan.  Tensions were high all along the west coast.  But, were Seattleites prepared for an air raid, should one occur? That was the question the "Bombing of Seattle," set to answer.   "This is a warning of what we may expect when we are raided by the enemy," Seattle Mayor William Devlin told the crowd in a brief opening address. "We must prepare ourselves for any eventuality."   Timeless advice for the ages.

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