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  • Thunderstorm Safety | UW Emergency Management!
    flash and the rumble of thunder each second equals 1 mile of distance between you and the lightning bolt For example 4 seconds between flash rumble means that lightning struck 4 miles away from you Lightning Warnings issued by the Department of Commerce agencies NOAA National Weather Service and the Department of Defense agencies US Air Force and US Navy mean that lightning has already struck within 5 miles of a given area at least once within the last 15 minutes They remain in effect until 15 minutes of lightning thunder free time has elapsed If watching a weather report on television over the Internet or listening by radio Pay attention to where storms are reported and which way they are moving Lightning CAN potentially strike as far out as 50 miles from the storm cloud itself in any direction High Winds Tornado Waterspouts Storm systems are always associated with a change in wind direction as well as an increase in wind speeds for a period of several hours The rough terrain of the Puget Sound area is unfavorable ground for tornadoes and or waterspouts to develop but so called Straightline Winds are actually enhanced by our environment People should make every effort to avoid being outdoors during High Wind activity due to the difficulty of traveling on foot as well as the potential for loose debris to be blown around cause damage or injury Heavy Rainfall Flooding Thunderstorms are often accompanied by significant rainfall within a period of 1 3 hours During the heaviest showers visibility can be reduced to ranges experienced during morning fog events Driving during heavy rain requires more vigilance as roads become slick and dangerous hydroplaning Drivers will often drive slower as visibility makes it harder to navigate through city streets as well Low lying

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/emergency/hazards/thunderstorm (2014-06-24)
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  • Winter Weather | UW Emergency Management!
    Out Seattle City Light System Status Puget Sound Energy Mountain Pass Reports Ready gov Winter Storms Extreme Cold UW Suspended Operations Policy The President or the President s designee s may declare a temporary suspension of any or all University operations due to an emergency situation that adversely affects University operations public health or the well being and safety of students faculty and staff Events which might require suspending operations include but are not limited to severe weather or natural disaster spread of a communicable disease fire or related hazard an immediate threat to the safety of the campus community damage to or failure of UW infrastructure equipment or mechanical systems Winter Storm Respond Recover Puget Sound can expect a severe winter storm once every 3 4 years These types of winter storms ice or wet heavy and sticky snow can grind the whole city to a halt shutting down transportation systems and placing demands on the power systems During these types of storms accidents rise among those who try to drive and can trap people at home or work Winter Storm Watches and Warnings A Winter Storm Watch indicates that severe winter weather may affect your area A Winter Storm Warning indicates that severe winter weather conditions are definitely on the way or have already begun A Blizzard Warning means that large amounts of falling or blowing snow and sustained winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected for several hours During Stay safe warm dry and calm Do not drive unnecessarily Of deaths related to ice and snow 70 percent occur when people are stranded in cars or involved in accidents If you must drive bring necessary supplies Dress warmly enough to prevent frostbite and hypothermia Do not go outside if you don t have to

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/emergency/hazards/winter (2014-06-24)
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  • Help for Students in Distress
    including how to refer students for counseling how to respond to students in a crisis and how to assist students who display unusual disruptive or destructive behaviors Health and Wellness Health and Wellness is committed to holistic development and support of students and provides a variety of services to help students get the most out of their college experience By providing consultation assessment and intervention services Health and Wellness can assist students in times of need through direct service and or referral Health and Wellness works with students families faculty and staff in difficult situations when multiple services are needed to provide a safe and supportive response 206 543 2684 or livewell u washington edu Hall Health Mental Health Clinic 206 543 5030 Provides mental health services to students faculty and staff including assessments individual couple family and group therapy medication evaluation and management and referrals when appropriate to other campus or community resources Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service SARIS 206 685 HELP 685 4357 or saris u washington edu SARIS is a confidential free program for students who are victims survivors of sexual assault or relationship violence and friends family and significant others seeking information about sexual

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/safecampus/faculty-ta/students-distress.html (2014-06-24)
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  • Suicide/Self Harm
    Family history of suicide attempts Withdrawal from family friends Preparation for death i e setting one s affairs in order Loss of interest in things that one normally cares about ACT If you think your friend or colleague is considering suicide stay calm but take your suspicion seriously The following are actions you can take to possibly save a life Intervention Strategies Ask the person Are you thinking about killing yourself If a person has been thinking of suicide he or she will be relieved and grateful that you were willing to be so open and non judgmental If their reply is yes ask Do you have a plan and Do you have access to your method examples gun rope medication carbon monoxide Next ask When will you do it Asking this question will give you an idea whether or not the person is in immediate danger If you feel he or she is do NOT leave them alone A suicidal person must see a doctor or psychiatrist immediately Do not try to minimize the person s problems by telling him or her how hurt their family would be or that they have everything to live for The person needs to be reassured that there is help available that what he or she is feeling is treatable and that his or her suicidal feelings are temporary Never keep a plan for suicide a secret RESOURCES UW Resources for Students Health Wellness Suicide Intervention Program Health and Wellness can connect you to mental health services on and off campus while working with you to alleviate aspects of your life causing stress To speak with someone email livewell uw edu or call 206 543 6085 If you need to speak to someone right away please call the King County Crisis Clinic at

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/safecampus/student/suicide-selfharm.html (2014-06-24)
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  • Relationship Violence
    they will kill themselves or hurt themselves if you leave threaten to hurt you emotionally and or physically blackmail or threaten to stalk you or say things like I d kill you if you left me Protection Orders There are a variety of types of protection orders that a person can obtain Forms to obtain a protection order are available in any municipal district or superior court An order restraining the abuser from further acts of abuse An order directing the abuser to leave your household An order preventing the abuser from entering a residence school business or place of employment An order awarding custody of or visitation with a minor child or children and An order restraining the abuser from molesting or interfering with minor children in a person s custody ACT Victims of relationship violence must decide what action is appropriate for them to take If you are a victim of relationship violence consider telling someone you trust about your situation Notify the UW Police Department if you have received a direct threat or if you have been harmed If you know someone who is a victim of relationship violence it is important to listen to them believe them maintain confidentiality provide options and let them know they are not alone These University resources can assist students who who are experiencing or who have concerns about relationship violence UW Police Department Emergency Calls 911 Non Emergency calls 685 UWPD 8973 Provides emergency response to violent incidents and direct threats of harm to persons or property The UWPD also provides Crime Prevention services designed to assist in identifying problems and intervening to prevent violence The UW Violence Prevention and Response Program 206 685 SAFE 206 685 7233 In addition to other resources the Violence Prevention and Response Program provides

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/safecampus/student/relationship-violence.html (2014-06-24)
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  • Violence Prevention for Supervisors
    Reinforce the message that employees will not be penalized or face retaliation for seeking help for themselves their families or co workers in need Help employees recognize violence warning signs of violence and let them know where to get help by Prominently displaying SafeCampus posters and making printed materials available Linking the SafeCampus web site to your intranet Inviting UW Police UW Human Resources UW CareLink or other community resources to present at team meetings Be sensitive to cultural beliefs and values People from different cultures have widely different comfort levels for talking to those outside their community about family or personal difficulties Respect an employee s reluctance to talk about personal matters but do not ignore evidence of possible violence like frequent injuries and unusual explanations for them Call 685 SAFE 685 7233 to discuss your concerns and seek guidance Discuss Violence Prevention Develop and implement a workplace safety plan that details how to respond to violence in the workplace Review the plan with your staff at least yearly Request that the UWPD conduct a safety assessment and help you develop a safety plan For Harborview and UW Medical centers contact your Medical Centers security department Make time for

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/safecampus/mgr/violence-prevention.html (2014-06-24)
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  • "Everything We Do is a Disaster!" | UW Emergency Management!
    Impacts Thunderstorms Earthquake Fires HAZMAT Incidents Terrorism Extreme Heat Pandemic Flu H1N1 Timeline of Incidents 1949 Present In addition to the emergency preparedness information contained on this web site you will find links to many other web sites pertaining to emergency preparedness Welcome to our site We hope you find this information useful In accordance with Federal State local and UW Administrative Policy Statements 13 1 and 13 2 the University of Washington has established a comprehensive emergency and disaster preparedness program to protect its people resources and environment Feedback Contact Us About UWEM Terms of Use Organization Strategy Immediate Emergency Assistance Plans Procedures Posters Fire Building Evacuation Resources Resources for Students Faculty Staff Emergency Supply Vendors UWEM Newsletter Archive Training Offered by UWEM Intranet EMPC What to do in Case of an Emergency Emergency Operations Center EOC People That Can Help You Prepare CERT and the University of Washington UW Emergency Management Teams Environmental Health and Safety UW Libraries Disaster Information Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup CREW Reducing Your Risk Mitigation Other Disaster Resources What s New The Pacific Northwest in the 21st Century May 19 2014 Nearly 2 weeks ago the National Climate Assessment was released this document is the 800 page report that you may have overheard on TV news and referenced in stories published in local print media While the entire report is exhaustive for the general public to comb through it also has a summarized section where specific environmental impacts that are climate related are briefed for regions of the United States Here is the link to what research suggests will impact the Pacific Northwest as we move forward into the middle of the century and beyond Does it Seem There are More Earthquakes Lately April 21 2014 All around the world especially in the Pacific

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/emergency/ (2014-06-24)
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  • Emergency Operations Center | UW Emergency Management!
    Secure Conference Room Storage and the Emergency Policy Room Together totaling more than 5 500 square feet the EOC provides space for the university decision makers to provide guidance and support the rest of the campus to ensure rapid and efficient disaster response and recovery efforts Why is the EOC Located at the UW Tower We moved out of the old 100 year old Bryant Building in February 2011 to the UW Tower to ensure that the university would be able to effectively and rapidly respond to any type of crisis emergency disaster or catastrophe after a major disaster The new EOC is located in a building that has received a significant amount of seismic earthquake retrofitting as well back up power communications and HVAC in case of power outages As part of a regional partnership agreement the UW s EOC acts as a back up to the City of Seattle s downtown EOC in the event that their facility is unavailable or damaged How Was the EOC funded The UW capital projects budget funded the actual structure and floor space However nearly 100 of the equipment supplies communications and audio visual equipment was funded via a variety of federal FEMA and US Homeland Security Department sources Who Works in the EOC While the EOC is staffed Monday Friday by the 3 5 FTE UW Emergency Management Department employees who are co located in the facility the EOC can comfortably seat up to 90 university officials and external partners City County State FEMA National Guard Red Cross etc The EOC is organized using the nationally mandated Incident Command System or ICS Under this system which we train on every year with every EOC responder the UW ensures that we follow the same decision making structure that is used by every

    Original URL path: http://www.washington.edu/emergency/emergency-operations-center (2014-06-24)
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