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Be Informed

It is important to know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your areas. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene; however, it may be critical to act even in the absence of instructions from authorities. Above all, stay calm, be patient and think before you act. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.

It is important to stay informed about the events that are occurring around you. Sometimes a disaster may occur when you are in bed asleep, or when you are at work in the middle of the day. One way to stay informed 24/7/365 is with the Red Cross Emergency! App. Once you know an event is occurring, keep informed by monitoring a NOAA Radio, local emergency management social media, and other local news outlets.

Different places in Montana may have a greater risk to different hazards than others. Read more to learn what your significant hazards are.

Hazards in Montana

The following information comes from the 2010 Update to the State of Montana Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and Statewide Hazard Assessment which was produced by Montana Disaster and Emergency Services in 2010.

QUALITATIVE HAZARD ASSESSMENT SUMMARY FOR MONTANA

Hazard
Structure Damage
Potential for Death
Potential for Injury
Economic Impact
Damage to Environment
Potential to Occur
Total
Disease and Environmental Health Hazards N/A Variable Variable Variable N/A Variable Indeterminable

Wildland and Rangeland Fires

Moderate

High

High

High

High

High

17

Earthquake

High

High

High

High

Moderate

Low

15

Flooding

Moderate

Moderate

Moderate

High

Low

Moderate

12

Dam Failure

Moderate

Moderate

Moderate

Moderate

Moderate

Low

11

Thunderstorms, Hail, Wind, Tornado

Moderate

Moderate

Moderate

High

Low

High

11

Winter Storms and Avalanche

Low

Low

Low

Low

Low

High

8

Hazardous Materials Incidents

Low

Low

Moderate

Low

Moderate

Low

8

Landslides

Low

Low

Low

Moderate

Moderate

Low

8

Volcanic Eruptions

Low

Low

Low

Moderate

Moderate

Low

8

Notes: Total value derived by assigning 3 for High, 2 for Moderate, and 1 for Low.

Source: Montana Disaster and Emergency Service. (2010). 2010 Update to the State of Montana Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and Statewide Hazard Assessment (Section 4.2). Helena, MT. http://montanadma.org/montana-mitigation-plan

How to React 

For information on how to react in a disaster event, please visit our the CDC Natural Disasters and Severe Weather webpage

You should also understand the ways you can get information about potential threats, such as through text alerts, emergency sirens in your community, or other methods. For more information about Montana Risks, visit: http://montanadma.org/montana-risk or http://serve.mt.gov/ready-montana/montana-hazards/