Whatcom County is at risk for a variety of natural hazards, including: earthquake, coastal flooding, river flooding, landslides, liquefaction, tsunami, volcanic eruption and wildfire. The first step in preparation for any of these disasters is awareness. Learn more about the natural hazards here in Whatcom County and ways to prepare for disasters by clicking on the links below.
Explore the Whatcom County Natural Hazards Explorer to learn more about the natural hazards in Whatcom County and identify resources for reducing personal risk from Earthquakes, Flooding-Coastal, Flooding-River, Landslides, Liquefaction, Tsunami, Volcano, and Wildfire.
Preparedness Resources links
- Know your trusted weather and forecast sources:
- Preparedness Journey Video. Watch this video for tips on how to begin your Preparedness Journey.
- Alerts: Sign up to receive local alerts and emergency notifications through AlertSense.
- Earthquake: See Ready.gov - Earthquake Preparedness site. Tips include: Practice Drop, Cover and Hold On. Make an Emergency Plan. Protect Your Home.
- Flood: See Ready.gov - Flood Preparedness site. Tips include: Know your risk for Floods, Purchase Flood Insurance, Prepare for a Flood. In Case of Emergency Plans.
- Landslide: See Ready.gov - Landslide Preparedness site. Tips include: Build an emergency kit. Make a plan. Leave when told to evacuate. Consult a professional for advice on protective measures for your property. Protect your property based on recommendations from qualified geotechnical professionals, local city and county guidance. Consider building channels or walls to redirect mud and debris. Talk with your insurance agent if you are at risk. Sign up for community warning system AlertSense.
- Tsunami: See the Department of Natural Resources Tsunami Preparedness site. Tips include: Know the warning signs of a Tsunami to know what to do. Evacuate immediately if you hear a Tsunami warning siren, feel a strong earthquake near a large body of water, notice a very large wave approaching or rapid rise in sea level, see coast waters recede, notice a landslide that falls into a large body of water.
- Volcano: See the US Geological Survey - Volcano Preparedness site. Tips include: Learn about Volcano hazard zones and evacuation routes. Be ready to follow official guidance from local officials. Sign up for community warning system AlertSense. Make a safety plan and build an emergency kit. Review Are You Ready for An Eruption? information.
- Wildfire: See the Ready.gov - Wildfire Preparedness site. Tips include: Recognize warnings and alerts. Sign up for the community warning system AlertSense. Make and emergency plan. Review important documents. Strengthen your home. Know evacuation routes. Gather supplies.
- Additional Preparedness Resources: See the Washington State Emergency Management Division Preparedness site for an extensive list of preparedness publications, videos, activities, and more.