Other Walla Walla-area disaster risks

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WALLA WALLA - According to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, earthquakes and severe storms pose the greatest disaster risks to the area, with equal ranking for each.

As far as severe storms are concerned, in addition to the numerous thunderstorms and windstorms recorded, the county also had an F2 tornado on June 26, 1958, and 1.75 inches of hail on June 6, 1991.

After earthquakes and storms, wildfires are the third greatest disaster risk in the county, followed by dam failure, flooding, radiological incident related to Hanford, terrorism, hazardous materials, school violence, civil disturbance, urban fire and volcanic ash.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan is prepared by Walla Walla County Emergency Management and is available for viewing at the county website under the Emergency Management department at www.co.walla-walla.wa.us.

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