Hazard Mitigation and Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

Walla Walla County

Natural Hazard and Community Preparedness Survey #1


As we update our local Hazard Mitigation Plan and our Community Wildfire Protection Plan, we will be conducting some simple surveys to gather the thoughts and concerns of Walla Walla County Residents. 

Your responses will be used to help inform planning discussions during the update and to help guide the creation of future surveys. We look forward to hearing from you. To take the Survey please click on the link below. 

SURVEY #1









Media Release

From: Walla Walla County Emergency Management Department

Date: March 4, 2024

RE: Walla Walla County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update and Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

Walla Walla County Initiates Project for Updating Hazard Plans

WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON – Last month Walla Walla County began the process of updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan and Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The county hosted a “kickoff” meeting on February 13, at Station 41, Walla Walla Fire District 4 in Walla Walla, to assemble the planning team assigned to work on these updates. The Hazard Mitigation Plan examines risks posed by natural hazards, including flood, earthquake, wildfire, and severe weather. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan takes a focused view of wildland fire. Both plans will also develop strategies to reduce the impacts from these respective hazards.

The planning team consists of representatives from a variety of local agencies, organizations, governments, and groups, who will meet regularly to complete the project. Northwest Management, Inc. has been retained by Walla Walla County to provide risk assessments, hazard mapping, research, and to collaborate with the planning team to update the plans. As part of the update process, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be incorporated into the wildfire section of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires counties to update the Hazard Mitigation Plan every five years to remain eligible for federal hazard funding. The incorporated cities in Walla Walla County are currently recognized as adopting jurisdictions in the plan and will also adopt this plan update, along with Walla Walla Public Schools. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be updated to meet state and federal requirements.

Community input will also play a key role throughout the planning process. Public meetings, reviews of the plans, and a public comment period will be announced in the future. The current version of the Walla Walla County Hazard Mitigation Plan can be accessed and viewed upon request. This update project is expected to be completed by December 2024.

Questions can be addressed to the Walla Walla County Emergency Management Department at 509-524-2900 or emd@co.walla-walla.wa.us.





Plans being updated: