UW Emergency Management


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


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…

February 7, 2020

Build Your Plan in a Year

The Build Your Plan in a Year pilot provides one small set of tasks each month for a year, with the goal of enabling a department to build a continuity of operations plan for business, academic and research programs. For more information about the conception and aims of this pilot, please view the blog post,…

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…

April 12, 2019

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…

December 18, 2018

Build Your Plan in a Year: Month 12

This post is part of a 2018 series breaking the process of business continuity planning for University of Washington departments into monthly tasks to help build a plan in a year. At this point your plant has been drafted and reviewed by UWEM. Maybe you’ve even already made changes to address gaps. What more could we…

November 29, 2018

Build Your Plan in a Year: Month 11

This post is part of a 2018 series breaking the process of business continuity planning for University of Washington departments into monthly tasks to help build a plan in a year. Congratulations–you have written your first version of your continuity plan! At this point you have drafted, reviewed and revised your plan–what more could there be?…

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