UW Alert Blog

June 24, 2021

UW Alert Seattle – Armed robbery

[UPDATE at 12:32 p.m.] All clear. A suspect is in custody in relation to the armed robbery at a business in the 4300 block of University Way NE. Anyone who may have witnessed the robbery can contact the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011.

[ORIGINAL POST] An armed robbery was reported at a business in the 4300 block of University Way NE. The suspect displayed a handgun before leaving the business. There is no suspect description at this point.

More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

May 13, 2021

UW Alert Seattle: Attempted robbery at Triangle Garage

UPDATE at 2:23 p.m. on May 17: Police have arrested the suspect in the attempted armed robbery Thursday at Triangle Garage, and he currently is in custody at King County Jail.

UPDATE at 10:33 a.m. on May 13: The suspect in the attempted robbery at the Triangle Garage near UW Medical Center remains at large, and UWPD is continuing its investigation. The suspect description and photos are below. The suspect is armed; if you see the suspect, don’t attempt to make contact and instead call 9-1-1.

UPDATE at 9:48 a.m. on May 13: Police report an attempted robbery at the Triangle Garage near UW Medical Center. The suspect was reportedly attempting to prowl a car, when the victim confronted the individual, who displayed a handgun. The suspect fled the parking garage and was last seen at the bus stop on the south side of NE Pacific St. Police are still trying to locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as a heavyset man, with long stringy hair, wearing a dark blue jacket, blue jeans, a white pattered shirt and a blue face mask. He was carrying a briefcase. Photos from security camera footage are below. Contact UWPD with any information: 206-685-8973.

Security camera footage from May 13, 2021.


Security camera footage from May 13, 2021.

ORIGINAL POST at 9:42 a.m. on May 13: Robbery with handgun pointed at victim @ Triangle Garage. Avoid area. More: alert.uw.edu

May 6, 2021

UW Advisory: Single-dose COVID vaccine pop-up clinic now at Alder Commons

The UW is partnering with the City of Seattle to host a Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine pop-up clinic at Alder Commons now, until 3 p.m. (Thursday, May 6).

Map showing location of Alder Hall at the corner of NE 40th Street and University Way NE

Find more information at uw.edu/coronavirus.

April 19, 2021

UW Alert Seattle: Reported armed robbery near U Village

UPDATE at 9:45pm: Police investigation of the reported armed robbery near U Village continues. The scene is cleared. More information will be provided here if it becomes available.

ORIGINAL POST: Reported armed robbery at a business on NE 45th St, immediately southeast of U Village around 9pm. Seattle police are searching the area. Avoid if possible. Suspect described as a man wearing all black clothing and a skeleton face mask. Reportedly displayed a short-barrel rifle. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact SPD’s non-emergency phone line at 206-625-5011.

February 12, 2021

Seattle campus operations, along with UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, remain suspended through Monday

UPDATED at 2:20 p.m. Sunday: The UW’s Seattle campus operations will remain suspended through Monday, Feb. 15, due to significant snow and potentially ongoing icy conditions around the region. Normal operations are expected to resume on the Seattle campus Tuesday, Feb. 16. Any updates will be announced accordingly.

With the University already in modified operational status due to COVID-19 – and due to the holiday weekend – the potential effect of this temporary suspension of nonessential operations due to weather conditions may be minimized because many employees, instructors and students should be able to continue their activities from their alternative work locations.

UW Bothell and UW Tacoma have also suspended operations through Monday. Visit uwb.edu/emergency for UW Bothell updates. Visit emergency.tacoma.uw.edu for UW Tacoma updates.

Nonessential employees
Under current COVID-19 modified operations, the majority of the University’s faculty, staff and student employees (defined in policy as nonessential to on-campus operations) are teleworking. Employees who are teleworking and scheduled to work Saturday should continue to do so during suspended operations. Those who cannot telework or are unable to continue teleworking due to weather-related impacts (e.g., power outage) or changes in telework circumstances as a result of operational suspension should follow the UW Suspended Operations Policy.

Essential employees
Employees identified by their unit as performing an essential service — and who must come to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic — are required to report to work during any period of declared suspended operation.

Students and instructors
Classes that are being taught remotely should continue to do so during suspended operations. Instructors who are unable to teach remotely due to weather-related impacts should communicate directly with students and provide alternatives as appropriate. Students who are unable to participate remotely due to weather-related impacts should similarly communicate with their instructor. In-person instruction will not meet on campus during suspended operations. Instructors currently teaching in person should communicate in advance with students about expectations for remote instruction or alternative class assignments.

UW Athletics
For updates regarding athletics events – which are being held with no spectators in attendance in adherence to state guidelines – please visit gohuskies.com or @UWAthletics on Twitter.

More information
If you have questions about HR practices during suspended operations and inclement weather, 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.

For updates about UW shuttle service, parking closures and links to transit snow routes, please see https://transportation.uw.edu/.

January 18, 2021

UW Alert Seattle – All clear

[UPDATE 1:15 p.m.] All clear. Seattle Fire Department personnel could not confirm any smell of gas in the area of the J&K Wing loading dock at the Health Sciences Building and are wrapping up their response. Puget Sound Energy will continue to investigate, but the area is now clear.

[UPDATE 12:57 p.m.] The Seattle Fire Department is investigating a report of the smell of gas at the J&K wing loading dock of the Health Sciences Building. Please avoid the area until further notice.

More information will be provided on this page as it becomes available.

[ORIGINAL POST at 12:54 p.m.] SFD investigating smell of gas at J&K wing load dock (Health Sciences bldg). Avoid area. Info: alert.uw.edu
Sent at 12:54pm Mon

December 24, 2020

Seattle Fire response near Roosevelt Way NE and NE 50th St.

Seattle Fire Department crews are responding to a large fire in a vacant commercial building in the University District, near Roosevelt Way NE and NE 50th St. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Please avoid the area. Road closures are in places and traffic is being diverted to accommodate the fire response.

More updates are being posted on Seattle Fire’s Twitter feed.

October 22, 2020

911 outage reported throughout WA Thursday afternoon

A 911 system outage in the state of Washington was reported Thursday afternoon. UWPD’s system may have been affected briefly but appears to be working normally. Please do not test 911.

If you are on campus and need to reach UWPD in an emergency and experience any issues with 911, please call 206-685-8973.

This website provides alternative phone numbers for emergencies statewide, if needed: https://mil.wa.gov/911-alternative-phone-numbers

October 14, 2020

UW Alert test on Oct. 15 timed with Great ShakeOut 2020

The UW Alert notification system will be tested on Thursday, Oct. 15, around 10:15 a.m., in conjunction with the Great ShakeOut 2020, an international earthquake drill.

A test UW Alert message will be sent via email and text, and posted on the UW Alert Twitter feed and Facebook page, reminding people about the drill and 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.

The UW Outdoor Alert notification system will also be tested the morning of Oct. 15.

Learn more about the Washington state ShakeOut drill here.

More information:

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

September 30, 2020

UW Advisory Seattle: Fire response at Stevens Court, traffic closures in place

UPDATE at 1:11 PM: The fire response at Stevens Court has been cleared, and all surrounding roads are open.

UPDATE at 12:24 PM: The fire in an apartment unit kitchen in Stevens Court has been extinguished. Seattle Fire Department crews remain on scene to help with smoke and water clean-up. One person sustained a minor burn injury.

A stovetop fire and smoke activated the building’s sprinkler system, causing some water damage to the apartment and surrounding units, officials said. Fire crews are working to clear water and smoke from the building.

Traffic closures are still in place on Brooklyn Ave. NE between NE 40th St. and NE Pacific St. Please continue to avoid the area.

ORIGINAL POST at 12:16 PM: Fire response at Stevens Court. Traffic closures; avoid area. More info alert.uw.edu

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