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.  We jointly accomplish this through structured planning and training, identification of mitigation actions, supporting effective response efforts, promotion of sound prevention actions — all with the goal of shortening the impact and length of time involved in recovery efforts.

  • Hottest Day Ever in Seattle (June 28, 2021)

    July 13, 2021

    graphic showing map of Pacific NW and extreme heat measurementsOn June 28, 2021, the third day of a withering heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, the temperature in Seattle soars to 108 degrees, an all-time record. The reading is recorded at nearby Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which began keeping official records for Seattle in November 1948, and the 108-degree mark is the city's highest temperature in the 151 years since detailed record-keeping began on February 16, 1870. The day Seattle records its record high, Washington weather stations at the Sol Duc River near Forks and the Mayfield Power Plant in Lewis County report 118 degrees, tying the all-time state record, pending certification. Seattle hits triple digits for the third consecutive day: 102 degrees on June 26, 104 degrees on June 27, and 108 on June 28. The three-day stretch is the first of its kind for the city, which has had only four previous days with 100-degree temperatures.   All 3 main UW campuses, operating under limited capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, experienced only minor problems; however, the University community was reminded of this trend for hotter/drier summers due to global climate change and its likely impacts on all university operations (utilities, air-quality, water supply, research impacts, etc...)



  • New BARC Peer-to-Peer Network is live! New Intro to HuskyReady course coming soon

    March 11, 2021

    The new Microsoft Teams BARC site is live! This peer-to-peer site was created for Plan Managers and Plan Editors from across the UW campuses, including Cascadia College, to share information and best practices regarding continuity planning and plan maintenance.  We hope that this collaborative tool will be a useful resources to enhance the resiliency of the UW enterprise.  UW Emergency Management has added documents, sample plans, tabletop exercises, and more, that we hope will be useful in creating your plans and ensuring that they are as comprehensive as possible.

    In the near future, we hope to offer continuity planning workshops, and other training virtually through this site.  In the long-term, we plan to utilize this forum for the hosting of large table-top exercises and forums for continuity training and education from outside resources.

    A new, virtual Intro to HuskyReady course will be offered in the coming weeks through this Microsoft Teams site! Stay tuned for more information and times.

    If you know anyone that should be added, please pass this information along.

    For any issues, please feel free to contact disaster@uw.edu.

  • UW Online Intro to Personal Preparedness Course

    June 30, 2020

    Our friends at the UW Facilities Training Center have worked diligently to create an online version to the Intro to Personal Preparedness course.  This course will help to assist you in creating a personal preparedness plan and improve emergency and disaster preparedness across all three UW campuses.  This course can be used in as a baseline to more advanced, and more targeted, preparedness offerings by UWEM staff in the future.  We urge departments to pass this training opportunity along to staff, and don't forget to annotate the training in your BARC plans!


  • New UW Continuity Checklist Developed Labs & Research Facilities

    March 20, 2020

    This is a challenging time for many as we adjust to working under the constraints of the COVID-19 situation and plan for impacts outside of our control, some of which may impact research continuity.

    In cooperation with the University’s  Environmental Health and Safety Department, and input from the Office of Research, we collectively can provide guidance to the research community to assist with their business continuity planning.  As a supplement to other planning resources and in response to requests for assistance at the lab level, this joint effort has prepared a Guide to Business Continuity and Recovery Planning for Laboratories and Research Facilities. It includes a checklist and is intended to assist faculty, staff, laboratories and research facilities in maintaining research continuity consistent with their own unique needs and circumstances.

    We encourage all principal investigators and lab managers to develop a research continuity plan that takes into account health and safety as a priority.

    • Consider how the work of your groups can be slowed for a period of weeks and what steps you would follow if the work was placed on hold with short notice.
    • Encourage staff, students and postdocs in your groups to work from home, whenever feasible.
    • Provide flexibility for members of your groups. Practice social distancing and good hygiene (more than 6 feet between people).
    • Absolutely require that if anyone in the group is sick that they do not come to work.
    • Establish a system by which you, and members of the lab, can check the status of each other.

    This guidance plan/checklist was developed in response to the 2020 global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  This guide/plan contains many of data elements required under the University's APS 13.2 requirements which mandate that each department, unit, Center, and College develop, test/exercise and annually review its continuity plan.  Elements (or all) of each plan may be transferred or attached to each lab's parent department in the U-wide HuskyReady online continuity planning tool.

    The planning you do now will support the long-term success of our labs and research groups. Please contact disaster@uw.edu for questions or assistance with building your plan.

  • UW Emergency Management Strategic Plan

    March 5, 2020

    The UW Emergency Readiness Committee formally adopted a five-year strategic plan to guide emergency management across the tri-campuses on 5 March 2020.  This plan will be integral in the success of building resiliency to all-hazards across the university and help to reduce the loss of life, property, and infrastructure.  The university recognizes the need to adapt to and prepare for changes in the landscape of emergency management and changes in threats and hazards that affect the university. The alignment of strategic priorities to increase resiliency, enhance planning, and enhancing communications leverages the capabilities of emergency management to better protect lives, property, and research for members of the UW community.

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