UW Emergency Management

UWEM Timeline


January 11, 2016

January 3, 2016 (Power Outage)

Approximately 1/4 of the Seattle campus went dark due to a failure of a high-voltage power line impacting nearly 20 buildings on NE Campus.  This all happened on a cold, snowy evening when students were returning from Winter Break.  The EOC was partially activated to coordinate response and public information efforts.


August 31, 2015

August 29, 2015 (Rare Summer Windstorm & power outage)

The strongest Summer storm in Northwest history to date impacted the region with 60-70 mph wind gusts. The UW Seattle and Bothell Campuses were without power for a few hours. UW Emergency Management activated to level 2 (partial) and staffed the EOC with personnel from UWEM, UWPD and UWIT.


April 2, 2015

October 25, 2014 (Fall Windstorm impacts home football game)

Major Fall Windstorm hits King County in the evening at the same time as the UW/ASU Homecoming football game at Husky Stadium nationally televised on ESPN. Game continues with driving rain and 30-40mph winds with gusts up to 60mph. Moderate damage to vendor and patron tents in the “Zone” as well as significant power outages…


April 30, 2013 (U-District power outage)

Partial campus power outage due to fire in an underground power vault. UW EOC went to a level II activation (partial) and brought in specific units to fill specific roles needed for the response. The power outage commenced around 5:30 PM and resolved around 9:00 PM. The far West and East areas of campus were…


April 17, 2013

Report of the smell of natural gas in Fluke Hall. Hazardous materials response and evaluation by the Seattle Fire Department confirmed a release of a chemical by accident from a student experiment in the building. The chemical was determined to be non-hazardous and the building returned to normal operations.


April 15, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts. Bombing of the Boston Marathon. UW EOC went to level I activation (proactive monitoring) and coordinated with local and regional partners on information exchange and intelligence from the Fusion Center.


April 13, 2013

Campus-wide power outage that was caused by a lightening strike on a nearby Seattle City Light substation. The power was out for approximately 3 hours, but due to cascading issues, some areas of some buildings were out for as long as 14 hours.


December 3, 2012

A 24 year old man with a complaint against one of the retail shops near the UW Bookstore on University Way used a pellet gun to shoot out some windows. Police response from the Seattle Police and University Police cornered the man at the intersection of 17th and 45th and he was safely taken into…


December 3, 2012

Report of a noxious odor in Guggenheim Hall prompted a hazardous materials response. It was the second such response in as many days. the Seattle Fire Department was unable to detect any hazardous materials. The source was thought to be a storm drain.


November 5, 2012

Report of a non-toxic refrigerant leak at Alder Hall. Initially the alarm was thought to be a faulty detection panel. It was later determined that the alarm was in response to a legitimate release of a non-toxic, oxygen-displacing gas that was the result of a leaky valve. There was no threat to the public or…



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