Catastrophic tsunamis are rare, we may have a tendency to get complacent and think that one will never happen while we’re at the beach. However, every coastline in the world is vulnerable to a tsunami. Although a tsunami cannot be prevented, you can diminish adverse impacts through community preparedness, timely warnings and effective response. California’s 2017 Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 27-31. On March 29, Cal OES, the California Geological Survey (CGS) and the NWS will conduct a conference call with emergency managers from counties along the coast to test several aspects of the tsunami response, including the ability of the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) to send and coast emergency organizations to receive specific tsunami alert messages. During the conference call, representatives from the NTWC, Cal OES and CGS will also test their ability to accurately calculate and verify information contained in draft Tsunami Evacuation Playbooks that will be used by local emergency to determine if an evacuation is necessary and, if show, for how big of an area.
The test also allows emergency managers from coastal communities to confirm their ability to receive playbook-related information, test their ability to make decisions regarding evacuation, and as well as to test their abilities to communicate information to port and harbor officials as well as to test their reverse notification and other warning systems reaching people in coastal hazard areas. Other activities scheduled in coastal counties throughout the state during Tsunami Preparedness Week include tsunami evacuation walk drills, community meetings, workshops, presentations, outreach events, BBQ’s, festivals, 5k runs, and a host of other events.
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Use the following resources to understand the risk to tsunami where you live and learn how you can take steps now to be prepared.
MyHazards - Discover what hazards may occur in your neighborhood and how you can reduce your risk.
National Tsunami Warning Center
Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami Website
Cal OES Preparedness Branch
National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Brochure - How to Survive a Tsunami
California Inundation Maps - How will your county be impacted by a Tsunami?
CGS Tsunami Website
CGS Tsunami Education and Information
NOAA Tsunami Awareness Info
National Tsunami Warning Center
Video: Tsunami Educational Video
Video: Tsunamis: Be Prepared and Stay Safe!
Video: Staying Safe Where the Waves Break
Long Beach CD3 Tsunami WalkMarch 25, 2017, 8 - 10 am, Drill at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier (LBC) (Los Angeles )Save the date! Join us in kicking off California’s Tsunami Preparedness Week with a community tsunami evacuation walk from the shore to the heights!More Info
Pacific Grove Farmers Market March 27, 2017, 3 - 6 pm, Community Event at Central Avenue x Grand Avenue (Monterey )Monterey City Fire Department, Pebble Beach Community Services District Fire Department/CAL FIRE and Pacific Grove City are hosting a "tsunami preparedness booth" at the local farmers market. More Info
Tsunami Public Information Town Hall MeetingMarch 27, 2017, 6 - 8 pm, Community Event at Oxnard Performing Arts Center (Ventura )This is a Tsunami Public Information Town Hall Meeting for the coastal community of Ventura County residing in the identified inundation zones.More Info
Old Monterey Farmers MarketMarch 28, 2017, 4 - 7 pm, Community Event at Alvarado Street x Pearl Street (Monterey )Monterey Fire Department, Pebble Beach Community Services District Fire Department/CAL FIRE and Seaside Fire Department are hosting a "tsunami preparedness booth" at the local farmers market.More Info Tsunami Public Information Town Hall MeetingMarch 28, 2017, 6 - 8 pm, Community Event at Ventura County Fairgrounds (Ventura )This is a Tsunami Public Information Town Hall Meeting for the coastal community of Ventura County residing in the identified inundation zones.More Info