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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  • 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.


    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.

  • Ready for another HOT and smoke-filled summer?! The UW "leans-forward" in its planning efforts

    June 5, 2019

    On June 4, 2019,  a group of nearly 3O UW staff and external experts convened for the first time to begin an intensive process to plan for the likelihood of yet another hot and dry summer season in Washington State.  Joined by experts from the WA State Climatologist's Office, the WA State Department of Health, King County, the City of Seattle and the WA State Department of Ecology, UW officials discussed past and future weather trends, wildfire and drought forecasts and other environmental factors that all indicate that the Summer of 2019 will present clear and persistent challenges related to extended heatwaves and the impacts on air quality in the Puget Sound Region.

    Photo of UW's air quality planning task force meeting on June 4, 2019The UW's Summer Heat and Hazardous Air Quality Task force will be meeting frequently over the next 2 months to inventory and evaluate current UW polices, procedures, training and public outreach/warning strategies as they relate to heat and outdoor air quality.  Major issues related to building HVAC systems, HR polices related to heat exposure and air quality, outdoor sporting and youth activities, childcare center operations, vehicle use and emissions,.... are just a few of the many topics being evaluated and discussed by the Task Force.  The UW continues to be proactive regional leader in addressing this issue.  Questions or comments on the Task Force may be sent to disaster@uw.edu.

  • UW Leadership Convenes to Plan for the Unthinkable

    June 4, 2019

    20190528_100217Early in the early morning hours of May 28, 2019, most of us were slowly transitioning back our normal routines after a long Memorial Day holiday.  However, members of the UW's senior leadership team took this opportunity to meet in the campus emergency operations center (EOC) to learn, discuss and share information on the importance of planning for major crises and disaster recovery.  That morning, UWEM hosted 25 members of the UW Emergency Policy Council for a 3-hour workshop focusing on the essential roles they could potentially play in responding to critical incidents impacting normal campus operations.  President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards were joined by both Chancellors, Deans, and a number of Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Chief of Police, and executives from key departments as they participated in a simulated disaster tabletop exercise.    This annual refresher training event provides university leadership with the basic tools and resources to allow them to better manage a variety of potential incidents that could one day significantly impact the core missions of the University.

  • Clayton Brainerd elected ERC Vice Chair

    June 4, 2019

    Photo of Mr. Clayto BrainerdThe Emergency Readiness Committee unanimously elected Mr. Clayton Brainerd, Analyst in the UW Facilities Partner Resources Department, as its first Vice Chairperson during its May 2, 2019 meeting.  Immediately prior to his election, the ERC updated its governance Charter, which included a new provision requiring that the Committee elect a Vice Chair as part of its executive Board.  In addition to a number of other talents and background experiences, as the prior Chair of the UW's Resilience Work Group, Mr. Brainerd brings with him a wealth of knowledge and talent in the area of business continuity.  He will be joining the ERC Chair, Scott Nelson, in leading the ERC's efforts improving the UW's overall disaster resilience posture.  As the ERC Vice Chair, Mr. Brainerd - who will serve a 2-year commitment - will coordinate all committee task forces and serve as Chair if the position becomes vacant or if the Chair is absent.

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