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)
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.