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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…


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 5, 2020

UW Emergency Management Strategic Plan

The UW Emergency Readiness Committee formally adopted a five-year strategic plan to guide emergency management across the tri-campuses on 5 March 2020.  This plan will be integral in the success of building resiliency to all-hazards across the university and help to reduce the loss of life, property, and infrastructure.  The university recognizes the need to adapt…


March 3, 2020

CANCELLED: Introduction to BARC Planning Course 13 March 2020

  THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED: Come one, Come all!! UW Emergency Management has developed a training course to assist BARC planning efforts across the university.  This Introduction to BARC Planning course will provide plan managers with training and resources to assist them in preparing their plans by providing concepts of continuity planning, as well as,…


February 5, 2020

BARC website improvements support new Provost’s Safety Initiative

At their regular meeting on February 5, 2020, the UW’s Board of Deans & Chancellors  (BoDC) formally reviewed and endorsed a sweeping set of safety initiatives identified by Provost Mark Richards in a recent written directive.  In his charge to the colleges and academic departments, the Provost identified seventeen (17) separate tasks and activities that…


January 20, 2020

So… How Accurate were the January 2020 Snowstorm Forecasts?

If you were in Western Washington anytime from January 10-18, 2020 and watched local news, browsed social media or stepped foot in a local grocery, hardware or home improvement store, you likely were exposed to some of the Seattle-area residents’ winter weather “hysteria”.  Some schools closed entirely for days, some started late (like the UW),…


January 8, 2020

When the UW “closes” due to Snow, who makes that decision and how do we find out?!

Well before the first snowflakes begin to fall, UWEM starts fielding this question from students, faculty, staff, parents, media and the general public.  After we remind everyone that the UW NEVER CLOSES (technically, we either “suspend operations”, announce a “delayed start/opening,” or allow for an “early release”…) , we note that the UW follows a…


December 11, 2019

Describe Seattle’s 2019 Weather in 2 words? NOT NORMAL

If you were a newcomer to Seattle in 2019 and wondering if the past year was typical for Seattle… the answer would be NO.  In fact, according to experts from the National Weather Service, very little of what we experienced this past year was what some “old-timers” would recognize as normal.  Click HERE to see…


November 1, 2019

UWEM partnerships in practice

Generally, you know its not a good day when this group arrives on campus to convene in the UW’s Emergency Operations Center, or EOC.  But on November 1st, nearly 20 City of Seattle staff and volunteers were just here for training and a mini exercise. Buy WHY were they in the EOC in the first…


October 16, 2019

TODAY (10/17) @ 10:17 am: The Great Shake Out earthquake drill

Where will you be (or were you) TODAY, Thursday, October 17th at 10:17 am?  Hopefully, safety tucked away under a desk or sturdy table, practicing your “DROP, COVER & HOLD ON” skills.  For the 4rd year in a row, on a building-by-building voluntary basis, thousands of UW students, faculty and staff will once again be…



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