Hazards We Face

In the Inland Northwest, we are pretty fortunate--we do not to get dramatic disasters, such as hurricanes and major earthquakes; however, we do have our share of emergencies/disasters as listed below. In all cases, they are unpredictable so thinking about their potential and how each person or household can maintain a level of preparedness becomes very important. Please see Individual & Family Preparedness to learn more.

History of local emergencies and disasters:


  • Home Fires (most common)
  • Wildfires in:
    •    Hangman Hills in 1987
    •    Fire Storm in October of 1991
    •    Bowie Road in August of 1996
    •    Newkirk/Red Lake Fire in August of 1997
    •    Valley View Fire in July of 2008
  • Wind storm in June of 2005 and again in November of 2015
  • Ice Storm in November of 1996
  • Winter Storms in December 1996, spring & winter of 2008
  • Floods in 1963, 1986, 1996 and 2008
  • Droughts in 1977 and 2005
  • Volcano in May of 1980: shut down the town for several days and stores were emptied of food.
  • Power outages: usually associated with one of the above incidents and may last a short period to a couple of weeks. The severity is usually greater during winter months when home heating and lighting are more of an issue.