California’s 2017 Tsunami Preparedness Week!


California’s Tsunami Preparedness Week takes place annually in March in 2017 during the week of March 27 – 31 Most tsunamis that can impact California’s coastal communities come from local or distant source earthquakes. Here’s a few highlights of how all sectors came together to improve how they will prepare to survive and recover from tsunamis during the 2017 Tsunami Preparedness Week in California In Long Beach, Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price, the Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) organized a tsunami evacuation walk and preparedness fair. Organizers led the community from the Belmont Veterans’ Memorial Pier, which is in a tsunami zone, along a tsunami evacuation walk to Temple Israel well out of the tsunami zone. Community Emergency Response Team volunteers arranged signs along the route to inform the group about different science and preparedness tips about tsunamis. and preparedness tips about tsunamis. In San Francisco, many students, teachers, and volunteers from Marina Middle School collaborated with various city and county departments such as Emergency Management, Police, Fire, and the School District Office, and also statewide organizations such as the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) for a tsunami evacuation walk and preparedness fair. Residents and business owners in Ventura and Oxnard came by the hundreds to a couple town halls led by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services in conjunction with Cal OES and the California Geological Survey. New science was shared, such as from the SCEC Ventura Special Fault Study Area, which details potentially hazardous local earthquakes that could cause tsunamis, as well as information from past events such as the tsunami from the 2011 Japan Earthquake that inundated shores in Ventura County and all around the West Coast. Speakers also presented helpful programs such as VC Alert and Ready Ventura County to help communities receive information directly on a digital platform. At Dockweiler Beach in L.A. students from Marina Del Rey Middle School worked with the LA County Office of Emergency Management and representatives from SCEC, Cal OES, and representatives from SCEC, Cal OES,
and the L.A. County Lifeguards about what to do if you’re at the beach during a tsunami. And in the city of La Jolla the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Management hosted a media event about tsunami preparedness. Learn more about tsunamis and register your tsunami preparedness activities all-year-round at TsunamiZone.org.

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