UW Emergency Management

October 16, 2018

Great UW ShakeOut 2018 is coming!

WHY? With all the recent catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires impacting the US, let’s talk about the next Great UW ShakeOut. Our biggest natural hazard threat here in the Pacific Northwest is an earthquake. While Washington does not experience earthquakes as frequently as, say, California, when we are hit with the next 7, 8, or…


December 22, 2015

Holiday Hours for UWEM Office

To allow UWEM staff to enjoy the Christmas and New Years holidays with their families, UWEM will observe limited on-campus staff coverage on the following dates this year:  December 24 and December 31.  In case of a campus-wide emergency or incident, please call our 24/7 UWEM Duty Officer phone at 206-765-7192.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS !


July 24, 2019

Annual Nationwide Alert Test on August 7, 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…


June 24, 2019

From the archives: UW stadium civil defense drill during WWII

While 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. …


June 5, 2019

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

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,…


June 4, 2019

UW Leadership Convenes to Plan for the Unthinkable

Early 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…


Clayton Brainerd elected ERC Vice Chair

The 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…


May 20, 2019

May 2, 2019 – July 2019 (Accidental Radiological Spill Forces Extended Closure of Harborview Research & Training Building)

During a planned decommissioning of a piece of medical equipment, federal cleanup contractors accidentally spilled a small amount of highly-radioactive materials inside of the Harborview Research and Training Building.  As a result and to ensure the safety of occupants and nearby personnel, the entire building was closed during the remediation and cleanup process.  13 UW/Harborview…


April 26, 2019

How to join the ERC meeting using Zoom: Instructions

The following instructions will show you how to remotely connect (view/hear) to the proceedings of the UW’s Emergency Readiness Committee, or ERC, via your computer, tablet or even smartphone. ERC meetings usually start at 1:30 pm PDT/PST, but the line will be open starting 30-minutes prior at 1:00 pm. These instructions are valid for the…


April 12, 2019

Say HELLO to our newest employee: Barry Morgan

After 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…


Barry Morgan Bio

Barry is the current Plans, Training, and Exercise Manager for the University of Washington. Selected in 2019, Mr. Morgan is responsible for working with stakeholders to enhance emergency planning, as well as the development of exercises, and natural hazard mitigation planning for the university. Previously, he served as a consultant for the Department of Homeland…


March 27, 2019

Snowpocalypse 2019: A podcast describing this freak event in Seattle

Want 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…


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