“This year, we will be stressing emergency preparedness,” says Walla Walla Communications Manager David Brauhn. “We will be teaming up with the Walla Walla County Emergency Management Department to educate people … in years past, emergency officials recommended that citizens have three days of food, water, and supplies on hand. That has been extended to two weeks worth of food, water and supplies. This is largely due to the increased likelihood of an earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.”
There will be games, prizes, desserts and live music — but the main idea is to help connect you with your neighbors and city employees. Officials say this will be a crucial piece in the event a large disaster were to happen in the Walla Walla Valley.
“You need to be prepared to take care of you and your family, and ideally assist your neighbors,” says City Manager Nabiel Shawa. “Should we ever have an emergency here, we’re just going to all be on stronger footing.”