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 2018 Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 26-30. On March 28, 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.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring March 26 through 30, 2018, as Tsunami Preparedness Week in the State of California. The text of the proclamation is below:
Earthquake Tsunami Preparedness Flyer is available in other languages:
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
Tsunami Science and Preparedness Panel
March 8, 2018 Presentation at Aquarium of the Pacific (Los Angeles)
The public is invited to a panel discussion on tsunami science and preparedness. Panelists will discuss such topics as what areas of Southern California are at risk for a tsunami, what can individuals and business owners do to prepare, and what is the science behind tsunamis.Official Page
Tsunami Awareness Walk
March 17, 2018, 10am – 12pm, Drill at Will Rogers Mini Park (Los Angeles)
The Long Beach Tsunami Awareness Walk and Resource Fair will be held on March 17 at the Will Rogers Mini Park (Appian Way and Nieto Avenue, Long Beach, 90814).Official Page
Tsunami Zone Preparedness
March 29, 2018, 6:15 – 7:00am, Exercise at Schnetz Landscape INC (San Diego)
Training and exercise will include business prep for a Tsunami and what to do while out in the field/jobsite.Official Page Be Tsunami Smart!
March 30, 2018, Presentation at Tzu Chi Foundation
What would you do if you heard there was a Tsunami alert?As part of California’s Tsunami Week, iPrepare Wilmington in cooperation with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Port of Los Angeles will provide information on how you, your family and co-workers should respond should you see or hear such a notification.Official Page