HAZARDS AND THREATS

Quick access to commonly used links.

HIGH WINDS

NATURAL

Resources and links for regional weather radar, watches, and warnings . Information is used in Watch Briefing, Spot Reports, and Incident Reports.

HIGH WINDS

SEVERE WEATHER

NATURAL

Resources and links for regional weather radar, watches, and warnings . Information is used in Watch Briefing, Spot Reports, and Incident Reports.

SEVERE WEATHER

COVID-19

NATURAL

Resources and links to monitor COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Washington State.

COVID-19

STRAIGHTLINE WIND STORM

NATURAL

Straight-line Wind Storm can have the equivalent in intensity of a tropical storm containing hurricane force winds. Combine with High Wind tracking resources.

AIR QUALITY

Regional monitor for poor air quality. Seasonal Wildland Fire smoke and stagnant air

EARTHQUAKE

NATURAL

Resources and links for US based earthquakes to include USGS Pager report showing economic impact. The Pager Report is used to activate the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue system.

EARTHQUAKE

CIVIL UNREST

MAN MADE

Regional monitoring of impacts by protests, vandalism, and general civil unrest within the greater Seattle area.

WILDLAND FIRE

NATURAL

Regional resources for monitoring wildland fires in Washington, Oregon, and California. During major fire mobilizations crews from WA will be sent to other states and tribal nations.

WILDLAND FIRE

WINTER STORM

NATURAL

Resources and links for regional weather radar, watches, and warnings . Information is used in Watch Briefing, Spot Reports, and Incident Reports.

RIOT

MAN MADE

Regional monitoring of major civil unrest resulting in widespread property damage, looting, and fires.

WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGE

MAN MADE

Tracking regional power outages using Puget Sound Energy, Peninsula Light, Grays Harbor PUD and Seattle City Light.

COASTAL STORM SURGE

NATURAL

Regional resources to monitor storm surge, king tides, and severe coastal erosion.

LANDSLIDE

NATURAL

USGS Landslide monitor for the Seattle region indicated soil saturation and stability thresholds. Use for Watch Briefings, Spot Reports, and Incident Reports.

KING TIDES

NATURAL

Northwest Hydrological Prediction Center monitors river conditions and forecast. Use for Watch Briefings, Spot Reports, and Incident Reports.

KING TIDES

TSUNAMI

NATURAL

National Tsunami Warning Center issues alert messages through the NOAA Weather Radio network and FEMA IPAWS and National Alert Warning System (NAWS).

EPIDEMIC

NATURAL

Resources to monitor outbreak locations, case count, and countermeasures as defined by CDC and FEMA.

RIVER FLOODING

NATURAL

Northwest Hydrological Prediction Center monitors river conditions and forecast. Use for Watch Briefings, Spot Reports, and Incident Reports.

RIVER FLOODING

HIGH HEAT

NATURAL

NWS issues High Heat advisories and warnings for the region. Cooling center status and location resources listing by organization.

LAHAR

NATURAL

Local resources for monitoring destabilization of Lahar prone are at risk areas.

INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURE FIRE

MAN MADE

Industrial Structure Fires often involve hazardous materials and can require evacuation of areas down wind of the fire.

DAM BREAK

MAN MADE

USGS resources to monitor current dam conditions and posted alert notifications for dam infrastructure issues.

TORNADO

NATURAL

NWS issues Tornado Warnings for the region. Local radar system also monitor and report cyclonic rotation in the area.

TORNADO

MAJOR STRUCTURE FIRE

MAN MADE

Major Structure Fire requiring multiple jurisdictions are managed at the local alarm center until the number of resources reaches State Fire Mobilization status.

MASS CAUSULTY INCIDENT

MAN MADE

Incident involving 10 or more patients requiring care utilizing multiple hospitals and agencies.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RELEASE

MAN MADE

VOLCANIC ASH FALLOUT

NATURAL

FAST RISING WATER

NATURAL

Fast Rising water is used for sudden releases of water such as a dam break or levy breach.

FAST RISING WATER

HURRICANE

NATURAL

The National Hurricane Center monitors and issues alert on the formation of topical storms in the Atlantic Basin. The Pacific Hurricane Center reports on systems affecting Hawaii and Pacific islands.

STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE

MAN MADE

Structural Collapse of an occupied building required Urban Search & Rescue assets. FEMA's Urban Search & Rescue program is a national asset and can be activated for support.

CONSTRUCTION CRANE INCIDENT

MAN MADE

MILITARY ACTION

MAN MADE

MILITARY PLANE CRASH

MAN MADE

US Military Aircraft incidents pose a unique threat when carrying munitions, explosives, or nuclear weapons. State EOC center will assist with consequence management following an incident. Priority to secure any weapons will be the responsibility of the military.

ACTIVE SHOOTER

MAN MADE

Active Shooter incidents are handled at the local level unless it involves a mass causualty incident at a National Security Event. DHS will become the lead agency directing resources.

ELECTROMAGNETIC STORM

NATURAL

MISSILE THREAT

MAN MADE

COMMERCIAL PLANE CRASH

MAN MADE

TROPICAL STORM

NATURAL

EXPLOSION

MAN MADE

PANDEMIC

NATRUAL

ICE STORM

NATURAL

ICE JAMS - RIVER

NATURAL

ENEMY ATTACK - FOREIGN NATION

MAN MADE

RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY

MAN MADE

VOLCANO

NATURAL

The USGS Volcano Hazards Program Office monitors current conditions and activities of US volcanos. Alerts are issued when a volcano becomes active or poses a threat to aviation.

VOLCANO

TERRORIST ATTACK

MAN MADE

Department of Homeland Security is responsible for the detection, prevention, mitigation, and response to terrorist attack. An elevation in the National Alert System indicates the readiness posture of maritime, aviation, and transportation sectors.

EVACUATION

MAN MADE

TRAIN DERAILMENT

MAN MADE

ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE (EMP)

MAN MADE