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Natural Hazards

Natural hazards threaten lives, property, other assets and often times can be predicted. A natural hazard tends to occur repeatedly in the same geographical location because it is related to weather patterns or physical characteristics of an area.

Each year, natural hazards such as floods, tornados, thunderstorms and winter storms threaten the District of Columbia and affect many of the District’s citizens. Know your risk from natural hazards and take sensible precautions to protect yourself, your family, pets and community.

Use the ReadyDC website to learn about the hazards posing a risk to you. For each hazard affecting the District, ReadyDC informs you on the characteristics of the hazard, measures to take beforehand to avoid or lessen the impact of these events and what to do during and after the event.