Liz Jessee, Director
The Walla Walla Emergency Management Citizen Alert system is able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues, radiological events and other emergencies. Messages can be sent to residents on any communication path desired – cell phone, home phone, email, text messaging, fax, pager, PDA and more – ensuring that residents receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements in minutes. Citizens listed in the County’s white pages landline phone database are automatically subscribed to emergency alerts by phone. Citizens may also self-register their cell phone, VOIP phone, email, text message device, fax, and pager.
Sign up for the Walla Walla Emergency Management Citizen Alert system by clicking on the icon below:
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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE THE NEXT LANDSLIDE
Map as of 12/8/15 courtesty state Department of Natural Resources.
Information from Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division
What to watch for before a slide
- Mud- and landslides often occur without warning and sometimes in areas where they have never been seen before.
- To be safe, assume that all drainages in steep, hilly or mountainous areas could have mudslides or landslides.
- Stay alert to the amount of rainfall during intense storms. Buy a rain gauge and install it where you can check it frequently.
- Whenever rainfall has exceeded 3 or 4 inches per day or 1/4 inch per hour, the soil may be logged and more rain could trigger a mudslide.
- Any sudden increase in runoff is cause for concern.
- Watch for new springs or seeps on slopes; cracks in snow, ice, soil or rock; bulges at the base of slopes; the appearance of holes or bare spots on hillsides; tilting trees; or increased muddiness of streams.
- Listen for unusual rumbling or noises that may indicate shifting bedrock or breaking vegetation.
If a slide occurs
- Evacuate from the slide area immediately.
- Call 911.
- Do not go back inside your home until it is declared safe by authorities.
After a slide
- If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound—open a window and leave the building. Shut off the main gas valve outside.
- If there is electrical damage—switch off the power at the main control panel.
- If water pipes are damaged, shut off the main water supply valve.
- Do not flush toilets until you know that sewage lines are intact.
- Contact disaster relief services if you need housing, food, etc.
- Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches and flammable liquids.
- Clean and disinfect items that got caught in the slide. The mud left behind by slides could contain sewage and chemicals.
- Photograph and inventory your home and damaged goods.
- If you have insurance, call your insurance agent.
- Keep records of all clean-up and repair costs.
- If you are a tenant, notify the landlord.
- Report your slide to USGS here.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FLOOD PREPARATIONS GO TO THE WASHINGTON STATE MILITARY DEPARTMENT, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION FLOOD/LANDSLIDE WEBPAGE.
Looking for a Flood MaP?
The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.
After the Fire: ReSources for Recovery
*NEW*: Click here to access the Walla Walla County Conservation District Resource Guide.
*NEW*: Click here to access NRCS Wildfire Recovery Tips for Southeastern Washington.
Click on the image below to access the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service information
Click on the image below to access the Washington WIldfire Resources information
Emergency Preparedness Active Shooter Video
After the July 2012 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., the city of Houston's Public Safety Office released a how-to video on surviving a shooter event. You may access the video by clicking on the image below:
Spanish Language Version: CORRA. ESCONDASE. PELEE. Sobreviviendo un Tiroteo. Versión en Español.
Video Credit: City of Bellevue Office of Emergency Management
The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency.
We can’t prevent the disaster from occurring, but we can prevent or limit damage. See what you can do to protect your family, business and property.
Walla Walla County is the first county in the Pendleton Weather Service coverage area within the State of Washington to receive this designation. Significant effort goes into obtaining the designation. Eligibility requirements include establishment of a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center, having more than one method of receiving severe weather information and alerting the public, creating a system that monitors local weather conditions and developing a formal hazardous weather plan.
Get weather reports, forecasts and weather warnings through NOAA weather radio. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broadcasts weather information on several frequencies in our area. The signals may be received by a weather radio, which can be purchased at most electronics stores for $30-60. When severe weather approaches, the radio will sound an alarm and activate an audio message about the weather. See the NOAA Weather Radio web site.
Walla Walla County Emergency Management prepares, coordinates or contributes to several disaster response plans. Review the plans here.
Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis / Hazard Mitigation Plan
Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Walla Walla County Continuity of Operations Plan with Pandemic Annex
City of Walla Walla Evacuation Brochure
City of College Place Evacuation Brochure
About Us and What We Do
Walla Walla County Emergency Management Department provides services to Walla Walla County and the Cities of Prescott, Waitsburg, College Place and Walla Walla.
Business Disaster Plan
Is your business prepared for a disaster? Learn what you can do and how Emergency Management can help.