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Dangerous Weather

High Temperatures

  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.



  • Stay OFF corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don't touch electrical equipment or cords. Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Stay away from plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.


  • Take shelter in a building or hard-topped vehicle. Golf carts and riding lawnmowers are not safe.
  • There is no safe location outdoors during a lightning storm. Take shelter when you hear thunder and stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last thunderclap. 

High Wind or Hail

  • Take shelter indoors. Both kinds of storms can be highly damaging, and the Walla Walla Valley has a history of strong wind storms bringing down trees, limbs and other debris.

Winter Storms

  • Travel only if utterly necessary, and exercise extreme caution in icy or sleeting conditions.
  • Check road conditions:
  • Dress in multiple, lightweight layers and remove as necessary to avoid overheating and perspiration (and subsequent chill).
  • When walking, beware of slick sidewalks, roads and driveways. In icy or frosty conditions, it may be safer to walk on the grass rather than the sidewalk.
Last update on March 12, 2019