Emergency Preparedness

Resources for event specific information can be found below. 
Disasters and Emergencies
Air Quality
Air quality is a public health priority across Washington. Smoke from wildfires is the largest source of particle pollution in the state. Learn more about the current air quality in Walla Walla County, in Washington state, symptoms of smoke exposure, and how to protect yourself on our new Air Quality page.
Extreme Cold
Winter storms and extreme cold temperatures can cause an increased risk of accident, injury, and temperature related illness. 

National Weather Service
Extreme Heat
Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths annually in the United States. 

National Weather Service
Floods are the most common and widespread natural disaster in the United States. In an Overall Hazard Assessment, Walla Walla County is categorized as a high probability, high risk, and medium vulnerability area. 

Walla Walla County Flood Response Plan


Agricultural Disaster Response
The Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) works with federal, state, local, and industry partners to support the safety and recovery of evacuees and all livestock and companion animals. 

The Animal services division developed an Agricultural Disaster Response resource, Animal Health and Safety section available below. 

Printable Version 

Before an emergency: 
Make a list of local contacts that can help before and after a disaster, including:
  • Veterinarian
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Local WSU Extension Office
  • Local animal rescue groups.
  • Conservation District
  • Industry groups/associations. 
  • Check on animals and property for damage. This includes shelter ventilation, water supply, feed supply, and structural repairs should be assessed in that order. 
    • Seek veterinary care if needed. 
    • Ensure animals have plenty of clean water, food, and extra bedding.
    • Check fence line for damages. 
  • Evaluate existing structures for safety and ensure power is available for water pumps. 
  • Evacuated livestock may be sheltered at local fairgrounds and feed may be available. 
    • Contact livestock associations and county emergency management offices for immediate assistance. 
    • Red Cross shelters may accommodate household pets, or they may be housed in a different location with support from animal welfare groups.