UW Emergency Management

UW Emergency Management (UWEM) is a department in 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.

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  • 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.


  • Say HELLO to our newest employee: Barry Morgan

    April 12, 2019

    IMG_6607After an exhaustive nationwide search for the best-qualified candidate, we are happy to announce that we found "our guy" literally in our own backyard.  Formerly, the Emergency Manager for Central Washington University, Mr. Barry W. Morgan recently accepted the position of Plans, Training and Exercise Manager.  Barry started with UWEM on April 3rd and already has jumped into his critical role.  He will be spearheading a number of ongoing and new projects, including the annual update of the UW's disaster plan, refreshing our 5-year strategic plan, working with our UW and regional partners in establishing a new campus training system for crisis planning and response, and planning a whole bunch of drills and exercises -- for employees all the way up to the President's Cabinet.  Please join us in welcoming Barry to the UW.  If you want to really know more about Barry's impressive background and work history, check out his online biography.


  • Snowpocalypse 2019: A podcast describing this freak event in Seattle

    March 27, 2019

    fireandiceWant to really understand why our 10+ days of snow, ice and record cold weather in early February 2019 was so unusual?  Click here to be taken to a 12-minute podcast detailing why this series of February storms were so unusual for Western Washington and how many records were broken.  Courtesy of our local FOX-13 television station, this podcast has interviews with local officials, weather experts, and just plain old residents recalling our winter anomaly.   Was this a freak series of storms.... or is it yet another sign that climate change is real and impacting us today!?

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