Storms, floods, blizzards, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis are some of the conditions that can cause emergencies or disasters for the people of the Northwest Coast and Plateau areas.
In the Northwest, the 4 distinct seasons, extreme hot and cold temperatures and the diverse climates and terrain create a large number of hazards:
- From the mountains to the plateau to the high desert, wildfires are an annual occurrence that can destroy homes, businesses, timber, salmon habitat, and other natural resources
- In coastal areas, high winds from winter storms can cause falling trees that block roads or bring down power lines
- Heavy rains and melting snow can cause flooding and cut off access in remote areas
- Threat of tsunamis is a constant concern for those tribes living along the coast
Remember to make a plan, build a kit, and be informed
FEMA Offers Regional Resources
FEMA offers the following resources to help local communities to plan and prepare. All files can be freely downloaded, printed, emailed or broadcasted.
Community Awareness Campaigns
Local radio stations may be willing to broadcast this public service announcement (PSA) as a community service at no charge.
Radio PSA Transcript
Northwest Poster (PDF)
Visit the Ready Publications section for additional resources for families, children, elders, pet owners, individuals with access and functional needs and businesses.
Idaho, Oregon and Washington – FEMA Region X Office
130 - 228th Street, Southwest
Bothell, WA 98021-8627