Seattle Hazard Explorer


Seattle is a beautiful place to live, work and play but it’s not immune to major disasters. On the contrary, our region ranks number one in the country in terms of the number of hazards we face, which includes winter storms, landslides, flooding and earthquakes.

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management website now features a series of interactive maps that highlight some of the city’s top hazards. Check out the Seattle Hazard Explorer and learn more about the hazards that impact Seattle. You can zoom in on your home, work place, or any other location to see what hazards are most likely to impact you. Informational videos and other content provide more in depth explanations of each of the hazards. Make sure you look out for links to important preparedness information as well!

More About The Seattle Hazard Explorer & SHIVA:

Seattle Hazard Explorer is designed to provide you some key content from the SHIVA in an interactive format. The subsequent tabs at the top of this screen will give you some insight into several of the hazards that Seattle faces. Each tab provides some information on how that hazard might impact Seattle, as well as some interactive content that provides more detail on important concepts. The map on the right also displays data relevant to the hazard. A search function allows you to find a particular address and examine how each hazard may impact a particular location, whether it be your home, work place, school, or another location.

The Seattle Hazard Identification and Vulnerability Analysis (SHIVA) identifies 18 hazards that pose the greatest risk to the city. The SHIVA is intended for anyone wishing to better understand how hazards impact the Seattle community, and provides a great basis for learning about local hazards, how they impact Seattle communities, and how the city plans to respond.

You can view the full SHIVA here.

Visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management for additional information.

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