UW Alert Blog

December 1, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATED at 2:13 p.m. Thursday: UWPD has investigated and determined there is no credible threat in Kane Hall Room 130. There are no more closures to this room or other rooms in Kane Hall at this time.

UPDATED at 12:18 p.m. Thursday: UWPD was made aware of a post on an app claiming that there was a bomb in Kane Hall Room 130. UWPD cleared the room to begin investigating and there are no initial indications of a legitimate threat. Out of an abundance of caution, UWPD will continue to investigate and more information will be provided here as it becomes available.

UPDATED at 11:44 a.m. Thursday: UWPD is investigating an unconfirmed threat in Kane Hall Room 130. Out of an abundance of caution, the room has been evacuated to allow UWPD to conduct its work. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Kane Hall 130 is being cleared due to an unconfirmed threat. UWPD is investigating. More info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 11:41am Thu

November 29, 2022

Winter weather update

The UW Weather Status Assessment Group is monitoring the wintery conditions on and around our campuses and throughout the region. We will continue to provide updates here, as needed. Campus operations in Seattle are normal at this time. UW Bothell and UW Tacoma have announced delayed starts for Thursday, Dec. 1. UW Bothell will be on remote operations until 11 a.m., while UW Tacoma will delay the opening of campus until noon. Please continue to check with your individual units, programs and campuses for more information.

Units are authorized to implement elements of their Business, Academic and Research Continuity (BARC) plans, as needed, to maintain critical functions.

More information will be provided here if there is any change in campus operations. Updates on weather-related plans at UW Bothell will be reported as they become available, and can be found at uwb.edu/emergency. Updates for UW Tacoma can be found at tacoma.uw.edu/emergency. Weather-related Information for UW Medicine sites can be found at uwmedicine.org.

Certain areas, such as overpasses and wooden walkways, have been pre-treated, however please use caution when walking or driving on and around UW campuses. Here are some tips from UW Environmental Health & Safety to prevent slips, trips and falls while walking in wet or icy conditions.

NOTE: If you don’t already receive UW Alert and UW Advisory messages for important updates about emergencies or weather-related notices by text and/or email, click here to subscribe or update your settings.

November 18, 2022

UW Alert Seattle (Shots fired)

UPDATE at 10:41 a.m. Monday: For clarification, the original shots-fired incident occurred in the 4700 block of Ravenna Avenue NE and the three suspects fled the scene in a gold Toyota Camry that eventually crashed into a tree near the Center for Urban Horticulture. The suspects then fled that area and were pursued by Seattle police. Two suspects were detained and the third remains outstanding.

UPDATE at 3:14 p.m. Friday: The third suspect in the shots fired incident has not been located, two are in custody. Please remain vigilant. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

UPDATE at 2:51 p.m. Friday: Two suspects have been detained in the shots fired report near the 4700 block of 37th Avenue NE. One is believed to remain outstanding. A weapon was recovered from the crashed car.

UPDATE at 2:41 p.m. Friday: A gold Toyota Camry driven by individuals connected to a report of shots fired crashed into a tree near the Center for Urban Horticulture (map). At least two individuals fled eastbound on NE 41st Street and have been seen in backyards around NE 41 Street and 37th Avenue NE. Please remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Car involved in shots fired report crashed near Center for Urban Hort. Suspects fled east. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent 2:36pm Fri

October 27, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Attempted armed robbery west of campus

UPDATE at 9:02 p.m. Seattle Police investigation is still ongoing and the suspect has not been found. Remain vigilant if in the area. Updates provided here as available.

UPDATE at 8:55 p.m. A suspect, possibly armed, entered a business located at the 1400 block of NE 42nd St. around 8:35 p.m. The suspect is described as a male, in his 30s or 40s, 5-foot-7, medium build, wearing a tan hat and dark brown pants. The suspect may have a gun and left the business in an unknown direction. No injuries have been reported. Seattle Police officers are in the area.

ORIGINAL POST at 8:50 p.m.: Attempted armed robbery at business at 1400 block of NE 42nd St. at 8:35pm. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATE at 3:41 p.m. Thursday: The sidewalk is taped off near 1401 NE 42nd Street (around University Way NE) due to a  potential building issue. Vehicle traffic is now open. The cause of the building issue has not yet been determined. Please use caution in the area and avoid sidewalks at the southeast corner of NE 42nd Street and University Way NE.

UPDATE at 3:23 p.m. Thursday: Seattle police has blocked pedestrian and vehicle traffic near NE 42nd Street and University Way NE due to glass windows on a building at 1401 NE 42nd Street that appear to be bulging and potentially dangerous. Please avoid the area until further notice.

ORIGINAL POST: Pedestrian, vehicle traffic stopped near NE 42 St./U Way NE. Danger of falling glass. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 3:20pm Thu

October 20, 2022

TEST of UW Alert system today; info on Great ShakeOut 2022

The UW Alert notification system will be tested on Thursday, Oct. 20, around 9 a.m.

Today is also Great ShakeOut 2022, an international earthquake drill. Read more about the drill, including activities in Washington state, here.

A test UW Alert message will be sent via email and text, and posted on the UW Alert Twitter 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 here.

For more resources, check out UW Emergency Management’s earthquake drill information and the international Great ShakeOut website.

In the video below, Harold Tobin, UW professor of Earth and space sciences and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, discusses seismic risks in our region.

October 18, 2022

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATE at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday: A person was sitting in a truck inside the Portage Bay Garage when a man knocked on the window to ask the time. The person gave him the time and then he became agitated, pulled a knife and scratched at the back of the truck. The person in the truck threatened to call the police and the man wielding the knife left the area, stabbing at a sign on the way out of the garage and fleeing northbound on 15th Ave. NE.

The man is described as having a slim build, possibly wearing a hat and possibly wearing a jacket. Please be alert to your surroundings if you are in the area.

ORIGINAL POST: Man made threats, pulled knife in Portage Bay Garage. No injuries. Suspect fled north on 15th Ave NE. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent @ 11:57am Tue

October 9, 2022

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATE at 6:51 a.m. Sunday: Police will continue to search for the suspect, however the area is being reopened. The man is believed to have entered through an unlocked door at the house. Please lock doors and windows, and remain vigilant. If you see the person in the photo below, please call 911.

UPDATE at 6:34 a.m. Sunday: Police are still searching for the suspect. Photo of the suspect is here:


UPDATE at 6:01 a.m. Sunday: Suspect may have have a tattoo on his arm, height possibly closer to 5-foot-8.

UPDATE at 5:57 a.m. Sunday: Seattle police are investigating a home invasion robbery in which a suspect may have had a black handgun. The suspect is described as a man in his 50s or 60s, 5-foot-10 with gray or black hair, no shirt and blue jeans. Avoid the area until further notice, if possible. People living in the area should stay inside and lock doors and windows until further notice.

ORIGINAL POST at 5:52 a.m. Sunday: Seattle PD investigating home invasion robbery on 4700 block of 18th Ave. NE. Avoid area. More info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 5:52am Sun

October 2, 2022

UW Alert Seattle (Shooting west of campus)

UPDATE at 2:22 a.m. Sunday: No suspect has been found in the U District shooting. Seattle PD has reopened the area. Please remain vigilant. Any further updates will be provided here as they become available.

UPDATE at 1:52 a.m. Sunday: A fourth victim with non-life-threatening injuries is reported to have been shot in this incident. Seattle police are still searching the area.

UPDATE at 1:22 a.m. Sunday: Three people are reported to have been shot at a business near the corner of NE 43rd Street and University Way NE. The suspect left the area on foot in an unknown direction of travel. The suspect is described as being a male around 6-foot-2 with a large build, a cut or gash near one eyebrow, wearing a dark-colored cap and dark hoodie. Please avoid the area until more information is provided. All three victims’ injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

ORIGINAL POST at 1:15 a.m. Sunday: Shooting reported at business near NE 43rd St & U Way NE at 1:05am. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 1:15am Sun

September 12, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATE at 2:11 p.m. Monday: The individual injured by a fallen tree branch near NE 45th Street and 19th Avenue NE has been transported to a nearby hospital and is in satisfactory condition. Traffic is now mostly open in both directions.

UPDATE at 12:58 p.m. Monday: Traffic is blocked in both directions on NE 45th Street between 17th Ave. NE and 21st Ave. NE while emergency responders address a large tree branch in the roadway that fell and injured an individual. The individual is being transported to a nearby hospital and emergency responders are working to clear the roadway. There is considered to be no ongoing safety threat to the campus community. Please avoid the area until more information is provided.

ORIGINAL POST: Traffic disruption at NE 45th St/19th Ave NE due to emergency response. No threat to campus. More info: alert.uw.edu
Sent 12:52pm Mon

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