Liz Jessee, Interim Director
27 N. 2nd Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Contact Information
Phone  509-524-2900   
Fax   509-524-2910
E-mail emd@co.walla-walla.wa.us

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:

Walla Walla Emergency Management Citizen Alert Sign-Up Instructions.

Recruitment Notice for Warming Center Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to staff Walla Walla’s 2014-15 Warming Center for unsheltered persons.  Due to extremely cold temperatures the valley has already experienced this year, an informal warming center has opened twice now to date. Nonetheless, the center will officially open when temperatures are extremely cold, December 15, 2014 through February 28, 2015.  This means the center could potentially be open during the holidays; however, notification of an opening will occur three days prior to an extreme weather forecast.

All volunteers are required to participate in a two hour training and the first one is scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM and will be hosted by First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse, Walla Walla.  Those who have already signed up to volunteer as well as anyone interested in being a warming center volunteer should participate. In addition, persons with a current First Aid or CPR card are strongly urged to volunteer (although this latter training is not mandatory).  Furthermore, volunteers will be required to work a three hour shift between 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM, when the center is operating.

To sign up, complete the Emergency Worker Registration Card (click here for form), which will include a background check, and submit it electronically to emd@co.walla-walla.wa.us, or by way of a hard copy to:

27 North 2nd Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

For more information, contact Christy Lieuallen at (509) 529-1183 or at christy@unitedwayww.org.

Can’t volunteer, but still want to help?  Make a “warming center” donation to First Congregational Church, 73 S. Palouse, Walla Walla, WA 99362, or to United Way of Walla Walla County, P.O. Box 1135, 29 E. Sumach, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Thanks in advance for your care and concern!

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Ebola Webpage

DOH now has an Ebola webpage with information about the virus and what public health and medical services are doing to be prepared. A few things you can find on the webpage include a fact sheet on Ebola translated into 7 different languages, an infographic from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to print and share, as well as a link to more on Ebola and the national situation from the CDC.



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.

Family Emergency Preparedness

Hazard Mitigation

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. 

Hazard Mitigation

Storm Ready


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.

Weather Radio

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.

Review Plans

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. 

Read about our mission and strategic plan.

Business Disaster Plan

Is your business prepared for a disaster?  Learn what you can do and how Emergency Management can help.

Do you need a plan? 
Shelter-in-Place Plan?

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