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:
At 4:15 PM today, the Walla Walla County Board of County Commissioners declared a State of Emergency for Walla Walla County and requested assistance from the Governor. The declaration is in response to the Blue Creek Wildfire in Walla Walla County.
The Walla Walla County Emergency Operations Center is operational. Public officials, emergency response organizations and social service agencies are taking action to ensure the safety of citizens, protection of public and private property and to minimize the effects to the environment and local economy.
Citizens are requested not to call 9-1-1 unless a serious situation or life-threatening emergency exists. Officials are also asking citizens to monitor KONA 610 AM / 105.3 FM or other local media for the latest information on the emergency. Information updates are being posted to the Walla Walla County Facebook site at www.facebook.com/WallaWallaEM as quickly as possible. In addition, Walla Walla County Emergency Management is utilizing its Citizen Alert System to notify residents in the area of evacuation orders/recommendations. Citizens interested in registering with the Citizen Alert System may do so at www.wwemd.info.
BLUE CREEK FIRE (as of Wednesday, July 29, 2015)
Click on the image below to view the video 'Behind the Fire Line'
We recommend the InciWeb website which updated regularly by the Type 2 Incident Management Team: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4401/
Updated maps are available at: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/4401/
June 26, 2015 Washington State Governor Emergency Proclamation
Due to significantly drier than normal with above average temperatures, and current and projected weather conditions through September 2015, and in conjunction with existing and projected fire fuel conditions, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has issued an Emergency Proclamation ordering into active state service the organized militia of Washington State to include the National Guard and the State Guard. Additionally, the Washington State Emergency Operations Center has been instructed to coordinate all incident-related assistance to the affected areas. Read the proclamation here.
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.