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Block parties to stress emergency preparedness

WALLA WALLA, Washington — The first Walla Walla city block party of the year happens at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastgate Lions Park — mark it in your calendar.

“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.”

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a giant fault approximately 700 miles long that could potentially cause a devastating earthquake and tsunami along the California, Oregon and Washington coastlines.
To watch a video of one of last year’s block parties, click here. 



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