UW Emergency Management

Training offered by UWEM

Specialized training

UWEM can develop any type of specialized training for your department, unit, group, organization or club. Contact us! We offer a wide-variety of topic-specific courses to fit your unique needs. Presentations can last from 10-minutes to 3-hours. UWEM staff will work with your training coordinator to modify our standard courses to meet your unique requirements. Brown-bag lunches, employee orientations, special events, you name it!

Don’t have time to attend training in person… we are now offering The Earthquake Awareness & Personal Preparedness course in an online video option. Use your UW netid to sign in and enjoy!

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Preparedness 101: know your hazard

The first step to emergency preparedness is to know what you are preparing for. What hazards exist in the area you live and work? What is your greatest risk? This 1-hour class will teach you about the hazards we live with here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Preparedness 102: how to build a disaster kit

Now that you know your hazards, how do you begin to get prepared? This class will teach you what emergency supplies you need, where to purchase them and the best place to store them and use them.

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Preparedness 103: who depends on you?

We all have someone that depends on us, children, elders, pets, our employer, etc… Are YOU prepared? They are counting on you because they DEPEND on YOU to be there in an emergency. Learn helpful tips to prepare our loved ones so that we can be a dependable resource to the UW and our community.

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Preparedness 104: Map Your Neighborhood (MYN)

“Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters. Learn the “9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster” to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.

Our biggest hazard: earthquakes

Seattle Fault

Did you know that Seattle sits on top of a major fault known as the Seattle Fault Zone? Earthquakes pose a serious threat to life and property in Washington, particularly the Puget Sound region. Washington has the second highest risk of economic loss caused by earthquakes in the nation, behind only California. Learn about the three types of earthquakes that occur in the Puget Sound region and Western Washington, mitigation steps you can take to reduce your risk as well as personal preparedness tips for you and your family.


NIMS compliance courses

UWEM as your conduit to external (federal) training

The Federal Government offers hundreds of (mostly-free) training opportunities to emergency planners, responders and those with a role in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. UWEM staff can direct UW Staff to those specialized courses at various national training centers (Emmitsburg, MD, College Station, TX, Socorro, NM and others). Some courses may require pre-requisites and all applications must be approved by UWEM and Washington State. If accepted, all travel, hotel, registration and other incidentals are covered by the federal government. All they require is that the sponsor (UW Department) covers the employee’s time while away from the office.

If you are interested in any of the above training please contact our Plans, Training & Exercise Manager, at disaster@uw.edu or 206-897-8081.