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March 27, 2023

Virtual SKYWARN Training Offerings with the National Weather Service

Interested in the weather? Want to support your local community and National Weather Service?   SKYWARN® is a National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer severe weather observers. Weather spotters support their local community and emergency responders by providing the NWS with timely and accurate ground truth reports of severe weather and its impacts….

February 1, 2023

Some Big Changes coming to UWEM

2023 will see some big changes in the way the UW will address it’s approach to disaster preparedness.  On the heels of the release of two independent program reviews in 2022 and in an effort to refresh and build upon the many successful efforts over the past 20 years, a number of major initiatives are…

October 13, 2022

How Can You Participate in The Great Shakeout?

Millions of individuals around the world will be participating in the 2022 Great Shakeout and we hope that you will join them.  Participation in the drill is not limited to conducting a Drop, Cover, Hold On drill, there are many other ways that you can participate as well.  Below are just some of the ways…

October 11, 2022

The Great UW ShakeOut 2022 is coming!

WHY? As the world is recovering from the longstanding COVID-19 pandemic, let’s turn our attention back to another threat that could suddenly and dramatically impact our lives… an earthquake!  Did you know that the biggest natural hazard threat here in the Pacific Northwest, is earthquakes? While Washington State does not experience earthquakes as frequently as,…

September 29, 2022

WE’VE MOVED!!! A New Era Begins for Campus Safety

(Sept. 28, 2022)  It’s official. A brand-new organization at the UW was launched today with the establishment of the UW Division of Campus Community Safety. UWEM, along with UW Police (Seattle campus) and  Safe Campus, is now part of a consolidated organization with a common, shared Mission.  The new Division is a result of a…

August 30, 2022

We’re Hiring Again! Continuity & Resiliency Program Manager

After a long hiatus (thanks a lot, pandemic!), we are happy to announce that the UW is actively recruiting a CONTINUITY & RESILIENCY PROGRAM MANAGER.  As the University’s lead continuity manager and training subject matter expert, this position will provide leadership on technical and practical tools for UW researchers, administrators, faculty and staff in the…

January 26, 2022

Updated Emergency Procedures Posters for the UW-Seattle Campus

UWEM recently updated the UW Seattle-campus Emergency Procedures Poster. In 2002, UW Emergency Management received a one-time FEMA grant that funded the initial development, printing and installation of over 2,000 “Emergency Procedures Posters” on the Seattle campus. Posters were placed in general use classrooms, auditoriums, laboratories and other public gathering spaces. Buildings constructed after 2003…

January 8, 2022

Business, Academic, and Research Continuity Planning Support and Technical Services

This is to serve notice to continuity plan managers that effective immediately all BARC technical assistance and support is suspended until further notice.  Please utilize current resources in the BARC Teams site and our webpage to continue your planning efforts and we will inform you when services continue.  We apologize for this inconvenience and we…

November 26, 2021

2021 and 2022 Personal Preparedness Courses

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…

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…

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