Hazards

The City of Bothell faces many hazards such as severe weather including high winds and winter storms, flooding, landslides, earthquakes, civil unrest, and terrorism to name a few.  The following is a list of some of the hazards that we face in our community. We have documents where you will find printouts of safety information on specific hazards and learn what you can do to stay safe.

Winter Weather


Winter storms and freezing temperatures present a serious threat to the health and safety of affected citizens and can result in significant property damage.

Floods


Floods are the number one weather related killer in the United States.

Earthquakes


Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time of the day or night.  If an earthquake occurs in a populated area, it may cause many deaths and injuries and extensive property damage.

Severe Storms


Severe storms present a serious threat to the health and safety of affected citizens and can result in significant property damage.

Heat Wave


Heat can kill by pushing the human body beyond its limits. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas.

Wildfire


The threat of wild land fires for people living near wild land ares or using recreational facilities in wilderness areas is real.  Dry conditions at various times of the year and in various parts of Washington greatly increase the potential for wild land fires.  There are several safety precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of fire losses and to protect you and your family.

Volcanoes


Active volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range in California, Oregon, and Washington have been known to create problems. But did you know that the danger area around a volcano covers approximately a 20-mile radius and that some danger may exist 100 miles or more? 

Terrorism


The City of Bothell's Emergency Preparedness Division is continuously working to better prepare responders, government, citizens, business and industry, and schools for terrorist incidents through planning, exercising and training.