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December 7, 2023

UW Alert Seattle (Shooting)

UPDATE at 7:46pm: Photo of the suspect’s back and backpack, leaving the scene.

Shooting suspect 2

UPDATE at 7:16pm: Suspect is reportedly about 6 feet tall.

UPDATE at 7:14pm: The victim’s injury does not appear to be life threatening and the victim has been transported to Harborview Medical Center.

UPDATE at 7:06pm: Again, suspect is wearing a black hoodie with the hood up and the backpack has a distinctive and very colorful design. Police and fire are on scene.

UPDATE at 6:59pm: Suspect in shooting is described as wearing a dark face mask, wearing dark clothing and a “graffiti”-style backpack.

ORIGINAL POST: Reported shooting behind business on U Way NE near 42nd. One injured. More info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 6:56pm Thu

November 25, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE 11:40 a.m.: All clear. Police have located the gun, which was a toy, not a real gun. The area is reopening to regular traffic.

UPDATE 11:37 a.m.: Police have taken a man who reportedly had a gun into custody at Kincaid Ravine. Continue to avoid the area due to police activity.

UPDATE 11:18 a.m.: This is a second photo of the man police are seeking. If seen, call 911.

UPDATE 11:07 a.m.: The man police are seeking was reportedly last seen near Kincaid Ravine by the Burke-Gillman Trail. Avoid area. Police are responding.

UPDATE 11:04 a.m.: This is a photo of the man who reportedly was seen with a bag that may have a silver handgun inside, according to reports. If seen, call 911.

UPDATE 11:02 a.m.: Report of a sighting of the man near the UW Plant Services Building in the 4500 block of 25th Avenue NE. Police responding. Avoid area.

UPDATE 10:56 a.m.: The man was reportedly last seen near the north end of Haggett Hall. Police are responding. Avoid area.

UPDATE 10:53 a.m.: The man police are searching for is reportedly in his 20s, wearing a black beanie hat, a gray jacket or shirt and reportedly carrying a gun in a clear plastic garbage bag.

UPDATE 10:49 a.m.: Police are searching for the man, who a witness reported to be carrying what looked like a silver handgun in a bag. Police have seen the individual but have not yet made contact and have not confirmed the presence of a weapon. Continue to avoid area.

UPDATE 10:38 a.m.: The man reportedly in area of Stevens Way. UW police and Seattle police responding. Avoid area.

UPDATE 10:35 a.m.: The man reportedly is headed toward Pend Oreille Road. Avoid area. UW police still responding.

10:32 a.m.: Report of a man with a gun headed toward Red Square. Avoid area. UW police are responding. More info to come.

November 20, 2023

UW Advisory

UPDATE: 1:14 p.m. The Seattle Fire Department has extinguished the fire. The area has reopened to traffic.

12:56 p.m. The Seattle Fire Department is responding to a rubbish fire at 7th Avenue NE and NE 40th Street. The fire is by the University Bridge near the Wall of Death public art installation. Expect street closures. Avoid the area.

November 11, 2023

UW Advisory

10:48 a.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound area. Gusty winds (20-30 mph) may cause tree and powerline damage. Expect cloudy skies and rain showers around Husky Stadium throughout the day today. Winds should gradually diminish through the day, with showers decreasing again through the late evening. If you are on the UW campus, including attending the UW football game, please come prepared for wet and windy weather. If you are tailgating, secure or break down tents, canopies and other items that could blow away and become safety concerns. Keep away from heavily wooded areas during high winds and watch for falling branches. The National Weather Service is also forecasting a 15% chance of an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon.

October 28, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: Seattle police continuing to search for suspects. Area open for regular traffic.

8:18 a.m.: Report of two masked men with a gun stealing a driver’s car keys near 24th Avenue NE and NE Blakeley Street. No injuries.

October 19, 2023

TEST of UW Alert system today; info on Great ShakeOut 2023

The UW Alert notification system will be tested on Thursday, Oct. 19, around 10:19 a.m.

Today is also Great ShakeOut 2023, an international earthquake drill. Read more about the drill, including activities in Washington state.

A test UW Alert message will be sent via email and text, and posted on the UW Alert X feed and Facebook page, directing them to more information about preparing for earthquakes. If you don’t already receive these UW Alert notifications, sign up and learn more.

For more resources, check out UW’s Division of Campus Community Safety earthquake drill information and the international Great ShakeOut website.

September 19, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE 12:18 p.m.: Police continue to investigate but have not yet located the suspect or the stolen vehicle. The area has reopened to regular traffic. The license plate of the blue Ford sedan is CGS8579. If seen, call 911.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: The suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall man in his mid-30s, wearing a brown hat and brown jacket.

11:49 a.m.: A food delivery driver reported that a person took the driver’s keys and then stole his blue Ford sedan near the intersection of Brooklyn Avenue NE and 47th Street at about 11:37 a.m. The suspect fled north. No weapon was seen, and the car owner was not hurt.

September 3, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE 10:55 p.m.: Seattle police continue to investigate the report of a shot fired south of the 4300 block of Brooklyn Ave NE. Police have cleared the area and no suspect has been found. No injuries or damage have been reported and police have not confirmed any shot was fired.

10:38 p.m.: Report of a shot fired south of 4300 block of Brooklyn Ave. NE. No one hurt. Suspect described as female, age 25-30, wearing a camouflage color shirt and black pants.

August 28, 2023

UW Alert

UPDATE at 11:45 a.m.: Seattle police have cleared the area. The investigation remains ongoing, but officers believe there is no current threat related to the reported robbery.

11:29 a.m.: Seattle police are responding to the 4200 block of Roosevelt Way NE after a report that three men robbed a person at gunpoint. One of the men is described as wearing a black shirt and black pants. The second man was described as wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with yellow writing. No description was immediately available for the third man.

August 14, 2023

UW Advisory

UPDATE at 7:15 p.m. UW is continuing to closely monitor weather conditions due to a National Weather Service excessive heat warning for today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

The University of Washington’s Weather Status Assessment Group recommends that you:

  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness.
  • Limit outdoor activities. If possible, move all outdoor activities indoors or reschedule them to another day.
  • Drink lots of fluids (avoid caffeine, alcohol and high-sugar drinks).

See additional extreme heat tips and information from UW Emergency Management.

UW employees
Employees working outdoors must follow UW Environmental Health & Safety requirements. For employees working indoors, see EH&S information about excessive indoor heat on its indoor air quality webpage.

If you have questions about HR practices during outdoor heat exposure, please contact your unit’s Human Resources Consultant. If you have questions about or need assistance with business continuity planning, please contact UW Emergency Management at disaster@uw.edu.

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. Power has been restored to the 12 UW Seattle buildings that lost power earlier today. Systems in those buildings, including cooling systems, will be reset by Facilities staff Tuesday morning.

UPDATE at 5:10 p.m. UW Facilities is currently restoring cooling to UW Seattle buildings after Seattle City Light returned UW Seattle to its regular power level. Power has not yet been restored to the 12 UW Seattle buildings experiencing an outage.

UPDATE at 2 p.m.: Additional repairs are needed to restore power to the 12 UW Seattle buildings experiencing an outage, so UW Seattle is again reducing its power usage usage at the request of Seattle City Light.

Cooling is currently being curtailed in most UW Seattle buildings. UW Facilities expects to restore cooling in the early evening.

UPDATE at 10:20 a.m. Power outages are continuing at 12 UW Seattle buildings (see list).

The outage was due to an equipment failure in Seattle City Light’s network off campus. Power will be restored after the repair is completed. SCL expects to restore power to UW Seattle buildings by late afternoon today.

UW Facilities is in the process of restoring cooling to UW Seattle buildings, but students, faculty, staff and visitors should expect elevated interior temperatures possibly through tomorrow.

UPDATE at 8 a.m. The power is out at these UW Seattle buildings:

  • Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building
  • Publication Services
  • Northlake Building
  • SW Maintenance Building
  • Child Care Center (West Campus)
  • Brooklyn Trail Building
  • Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Instructional Center
  • Ethnic Cultural Center Theater and Annex
  • Community Design Center
  • 3935 Brooklyn
  • Purchasing and Accounting Building

ORIGINAL POST: Due to a Seattle City Light reduction in power to UW Seattle, UW building electrical systems in West Campus/Portage Bay Crossing are down and all other building cooling systems are down as of 7 a.m. today. The cooling outage is expected to last until 11 a.m. but may continue longer.

The University encourages employees to work from home and remote instruction where possible. Some departments, programs or services may be unavailable. Employees should check with supervisors or if you have questions about HR practices, please contact your unit’s Human Resources Consultant.

If you have questions about or need assistance with business continuity planning, please contact UW Emergency Management at disaster@uw.edu.

Learn more about how UW Emergency Management responds to extreme heat and get tips for taking care of yourself during hot weather.

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