UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management (UWEM) is a department in the UW Facilities organization. We provide technical and consulting services for the Seattle campus and act as a liaison to other university locations (Bothell, Tacoma, UW Medicine, Friday Harbor, South Lake Union, etc…). We provide access to individual and group trainings, consultative sessions, seminars and general orientation materials and as they relate to major campus crises, disasters and major emergency incidents.

With input from our stakeholders, we facilitate the development and implementation of local unit/department-based plans, encourage individual preparedness efforts and promote programs and projects that promote institution-wide disaster resilience. Together with our internal and external partners, we accomplish this through structured planning and training, identification of mitigation actions, supporting effective response efforts, and promotion of sound prevention actions — all with the goal of shortening the impact and length of time involved in recovery efforts.

  • UW Emergency Readiness Committee on Pause (1/6/22)

    January 12, 2022

    ERC Committee "on-pause" until further notice

    Effective January 7, 2022, all activities and meetings of the UW Emergency Readiness Committee have been suspended indefinitely.  UW senior leadership is expected to charter a new Emergency Management Planning Committee (EMPC)  to assist the UW departments and units in developing and implementing  plans and activities that will enhance the University's overall disaster resilience posture.

    (01/06/22)  Statement from ERC Executive Sponsor, Vice President Lou Cariello:  "I'd like to officially announce today that...the emergency readiness committee is going to be on a pause.  After today's meeting the intent will be to work on modifying and aligning the effort that we take in the ERC to align with the campus safety organization that will be redesigned re-imagined in the future." All current and past ERC members were thanked for their service.

    Information on the future of the ERC and the new EMPC committee will be posted on this webpage as it becomes available.

  • Business, Academic, and Research Continuity Planning Support and Technical Services

    January 8, 2022

    This is to serve notice to continuity plan managers that effective immediately all BARC technical assistance and support is suspended until further notice.  Please utilize current resources in the BARC Teams site and our webpage to continue your planning efforts and we will inform you when services continue.  We apologize for this inconvenience and we look forward to support your efforts in the future. Thank you.

  • 2021 and 2022 Personal Preparedness Courses

    November 26, 2021

    UWEM is pleased to announce the annual schedule for our Personal Preparedness Course.  For the first time, this will be a virtual offering to accommodate individuals that may be remote, as well as provide convenience for attendees. UW EOC tours are not being offered at this time. Please email disaster@uw.edu to sign up today!

    Whether you’re ready to build a kit for your family, are worried about the “Big One”, or are trying to better prepare your team to respond to campus after an emergency, personal preparedness is essential to taking care of yourself in any disaster.

    April EOC Tour and ClassUW Emergency Management offers FREE personal preparedness presentations at the Emergency Operations Center each month.  These interactive sessions provide an overview of the university’s disaster response system, provide an overview of UWEM, and provides practical tips on how participants can become better prepared at work and at home for any disaster – large or small.  Unless the date conflicts with a legal holiday, the EOC/Personal Preparedness workshops are always held on the second Thursday of every month, between 10 and 11am via Microsoft Teams.

  • 2021 Great ShakeOut: What's rumbing at the UW?

    October 20, 2021

    Join millions of others nationally (and globally) on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at ~10:21am in the annual GREAT SHAKEOUT earthquake drill.  The UW is one of dozens of other organizations, companies, schools and government agencies in Washington State to participate yet again this year. While the UW's participation is voluntary (by building, department, campus, etc...), we encourage our students, faculty and staff to take just 5-minutes to practice, learn more and research those steps and actions you can take now that may one day save your life - and perhaps your family, friends and co-workers. Click HERE for more details on the UW's Great Shakeout 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...)



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