Wash. officials undergo national disaster training

Wash. officials undergo national disaster training
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, left, and Governor Jay Inslee follow the fire shelter instructions from DNR training manager Joel Rogauskas while they take the State Firefighters’ Work Capacity Test Wednesday, June 5,2013, with others in Heritage Park in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/The Olympian, Steve Bloom)
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) — Depending on the season, Washington state faces a variety of natural disasters.

Wildfires in the summer give way to floods and storms in the winter. And earthquakes, tsunamis and volcano eruptions are a risk year round.

With that in mind the state Department of the Military organized emergency preparedness briefings for state officials, many of whom are relatively new to their roles having arrived in Olympia this year with Gov. Jay Inslee.

Officials travelled to the state's Emergency Operations Center about 20 miles north of the capital and discussed disaster scenarios, which included the prospect of a three-county wildfire in eastern Washington.

That drill could prove timely considering wildfire season is expected to be more severe than normal this year.