UW Alert Blog

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


September 2, 2022

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATE at 10:17 a.m. Friday: Seattle Fire Department personnel have put out a small brush fire in the area west of the Center for Urban Horticulture. All clear. Any ongoing Seattle Fire Department presence in the area is due to training activities being conducted.

UPDATE at 10:11 a.m. Friday: Seattle fire and UWPD are responding to a small brush fire in the open area west of the Center for Urban Horticulture. Please avoid the area until more information is provided.

ORIGINAL POST: Fire response in grass area west of Center for Urban Horticulture. Avoid area. More info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 10:08am Fri


August 30, 2022

UW Alert Seattle

UPDATED at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday: The reports of shots fired early Tuesday morning in the area of 18th Ave. NE and NE 50th Street may have come from a cap gun after two men were heard arguing in an alley. Shortly after the reported loud bang, both men were seen walking away from the area in different directions. Officers were unable to find either person when they arrived, and there were no spent casings or other evidence found at the scene.

ORIGINAL POST: Re: shots fired at NE 47th and 18th Ave NE. Shooter and victim not found. Scene secured. Info: alert.uw.edu [sent 5:42 Tuesday]


UW Alert Seattle (Shooting)

Shooting reported at NE 47th St and 18th Ave NE at 5:12 AM. Shooter at large, traveling west. Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu


June 9, 2022

UW Advisory: T-Mobile regional outage

UPDATE at 7:20 p.m.: T-Mobile is reporting the outage issue is fully resolved.

UPDATE at 5:40 p.m.: T-Mobile indicated it has implemented a workaround and callers in the Puget Sound region, including in King and Pierce counties, should be able call and text 9-1-1 for emergencies.

ORIGINAL POST at 1:56 p.m.: T-Mobile is reportedly experiencing a regional outage that is affecting some customers in King and Pierce counties, as well as other parts of western Washington. Some users may not be able to call or text 9-1-1.

See the T-Mobile outage map: https://downdetector.com/status/t-mobile/map/

There is no known timeline for resolution yet.


May 25, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Stabbing in U District

UPDATE at 7:04 p.m.: Seattle Police and UWPD continue to investigate the stabbing at the U District Light Rail station on Brooklyn Ave. NE, but the suspect has not been found. Updates will be provided here as available.

Suspect photo released by Seattle Police.

UPDATE at 6:26 p.m.: Suspect described as a male, about 5-foot-8, medium build, wearing blue jeans, black hat and a black shirt, riding a bicycle.

ORIGINAL POST at 6:19 p.m.: Stabbing reported at U District Light Rail station on Brooklyn. Suspect may be on campus.


May 24, 2022

UW Alert Seattle: Robbery in U District

UPDATE at 5:49 p.m.: Police have not located the suspect in the robbery at University Way NE and NE 43rd St. The scene is considered secure. All clear.

ORIGINAL POST at 5:30 p.m.: Police are reporting a robbery at a business on University Way NE and NE 43rd St. The suspect stole items and claimed to have a weapon, but none was seen. The suspect was last seen heading eastbound on NE 43rd St.

The suspect is described as a man, between the ages of 30 and 40, 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, dark hair, wearing green pants, a yellow jacket and a white T-shirt. If seen, please call 9-1-1.

More info will be provided here as available.


April 20, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle: Verizon network outage

UPDATE at 4:45 p.m.: Verizon service has been restored for Washington state customers, including emergency calls to 9-1-1. Users are advised to restart their phones.

ORIGINAL POST at 3:12 p.m.: Verizon is experiencing a nationwide outage across the country and in the Seattle area. Some calls by Verizon customers, including to 9-1-1, may not go through.

Verizon customers experiencing an emergency can try Text-to-9-1-1, or call from a landline or a phone on another carrier. Please do not call or text 9-1-1 to test the system.

Verizon users can test their voice outage by calling #832.

There is no estimated time for when this issue will be resolved.

Updates will be provided here as available.


April 8, 2022

UW Advisory Seattle

UPDATE at 11:55 a.m.: All clear. The issue around dialing 9-1-1 from Seattle campus has been resolved. Campus phones should now be able to reach UWPD when dialing 9-1-1. Please do not test the system. Only call 9-1-1 for a real emergency.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE sent at 9:08 a.m.:

Officials have reported a 9-1-1 issue affecting parts of the Seattle campus. To reach UWPD, please call 206-685-8973.

Typically, 9-1-1 calls from campus buildings go directly to UWPD. However, due to an unknown issue, some calls to 9-1-1 from campus buildings are being routed to Seattle Police Department dispatch, which then need to be transferred to UWPD dispatch. More info will be provided in this post when available.


March 23, 2022

UW Indoor Alert TEST Friday at 7:30 a.m.

The UW Indoor Alert system is being tested at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 25 on the Seattle campus. This annual test serves to ensure that the Indoor Alert system is functioning properly in the event it is needed during a real emergency. The test is expected to last no more than 15 minutes. 

Updates will be provided here as needed. More information on the UW’s various emergency alert tools can be found here.

UPDATE at 8 a.m.: The Indoor Alert test has concluded.


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