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.

  • 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...)



  • 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!


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