Whatcom Co. Hazards

Common Consequences
of Emergencies / Disasters

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Hazards in Whatcom Co.



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In order to effectively prepare for a potential emergency or disaster, it’s helpful to know what types of incidents are most likely to affect you.

When approaching planning for hazards it is best to think in terms of the consequences the hazard could produce. This “All-Hazards” approach to planning ,helps to establish concrete actions that can be taken, despite the numerous possible causes.

With this in mind, we have provided planning tips (see the links at the upper right of this page) focused on common consequences that result from various emergencies and disasters.

Your vulnerability to any specific hazard is influenced by your geographic location, housing situation, access to transportation, and numerous other variables. It is important for you to be aware of these hazards and their unique impacts, so that you can further build upon your plan to address how you will handle a disaster related consequence.

Whatcom Unified Emergency Management/  Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management has conducted a Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis (HIVA) of the threats in our County. CLICK HERE TO READ THE HIVA

It’s also important to recognize that while it may not appear you, your family, or your business are directly impacted to a given hazard, many threats cause what are known as “cascading effects.” For example, Mt. Baker may cause minor to moderate flooding along the Nooksak, the Skagit River valley would experience potentially catastrophic impacts. Since the vast majority of the daily essentials we rely on arrive to our county via these transportation corridors, our community would very quickly feel the “cascading effect” from such an incident.

    CLICK HERE to go to our preparedness pages we’ve put together for tips on how your family, your business, school, or neighborhood can become prepared for when disasters occur.