UW Emergency Management

Preparedness Oversight Committee (POC)

POC members working at their annual strategy retreat the UW's Center for Urban Horticulture on January 30, 2023

POC annual strategy retreat on Jan. 30, 2023.

Established in the Autumn of 2022, the UW’s Preparedness Oversight Committee (POC) is comprised of diverse representatives from key UW operating departments and units to provide guidance and strategic direction for the University’s overall emergency, disaster management and business continuity programs.   Members are appointed by the UW President and serve for 2 years.  The POC is led two co-chairs.  The 2022/2024 Co-Chairs are Rodney Worden, Associate Vice President for Operations in UW Facilities (206-221-6501, rworden@uw.edu and Danica Little, Emergency Management Director for UW Medicine (206-598-2837, littleda@uw.edu)

As the successor entity to the earlier EMPC & ERC committees (2003-2021), the POC was established in 2022 to elevate the visibility and promote actions and best practices as they relate to disaster/crisis planning, training and other preparedness, mitigation and recovery issues. The POC assists in the supporting disaster resilience efforts throughout the entire institution.  A current copy of the committee’s Charter and members’ charge letter from UW President Ana Mari Cauce can be found by clicking HERE.


Meeting Schedule (dates and times)

January 30, 2023    1pm – 5pm   Center for Urban Horticulture Conference Center  (Strategic Planning Retreat)


Committee Membership

The committee includes high-level representatives and participation from the  the following departments and units:

Environmental Health & Safety Risk Services
Intercollegiate Athletics UW Facilities
Housing & Food Services UW Finance
Human Resources UW Medicine
University Advancement UW Police
Office of Global Affairs UW-Bothell campus
Office of Student Life UW News
Procurement Services UW-IT (Information Technology)
Office of Research

Provost’s Office (Academic Affairs)

UW-Tacoma campus




Staff from UW Emergency Management (UWEM) and the Vice President of the Campus Community Safety Division are considered ex-officio members of the POC. They may participate in all committee discussions and debate, but can neither present motions, vote on motions nor serve in a leadership role on the POC.