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 13, 2021

Hottest Day Ever in Seattle (June 28, 2021)

On 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…


June 24, 2021

How to join the ERC meeting using Zoom: Instructions & Link

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, telephone, laptop, tablet or even smartphone. The standard start time for ERC meetings is at 1:30 pm PDT/PST and most meetings are 2-hours in length (max).  Most meetings end between…


March 11, 2021

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

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…


September 4, 2020

2020 ERC Proposed Charter Amendments

The attached was presented to the ERC at their regularly-scheduled meeting on September 4, 2020.  It was open for voting from September 4-11, 2020.  Only core members may vote on Charter amendments 2020-ERC-Charter-Task-Force-REport


June 30, 2020

UW Online Intro to Personal Preparedness Course

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…


May 27, 2020

UW COVID-19 Recovery: EOC Objectives

As the University of Washington transitioned from the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic response, to short-term recovery in late May 2020, the UW’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), changed its status to  Level 3 (low Impact event, limited staff) with limited direct support to the ongoing incident.  The virtual EOC established three objectives as part of…


April 10, 2020

PPE Guidance for Essential Service Staff for COVID-19

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March 20, 2020

New UW Continuity Checklist Developed Labs & Research Facilities

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…


March 9, 2020

FAQs for UW EOC Responders to the COVID-19 Outbreak

What Hours will the EOC be open for in-Person Activity? TBD, but initially we plan on only operating during normal business hours 9 am – 5 pm, M-F. I cannot work everyday in the EOC.  How do I ensure coverage? The EOC operates under the “Rule of 3” principle, meaning that we recommend that every…


March 6, 2020

January 21, 2020 – Fall 2021: UW’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic

When an unknown viral outbreak started in Wuhan, China in mid-December 2019, most Seattle’ites never heard of the (new) novel coronavirus or COVID-19 communicable disease.  Within a month, the virus had spread throughout the world and became a pandemic. The first COVID-19 case in the US was found in Everett on January 21, 2020.  By…


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