If you are planning to head to the coast this summer to enjoy good times with family and friends, please continue reading.
Recently, I had a conversation with a friend and shared that when I schedule a vacation, I take into account the potential risks associated with the locale. I will research what types of natural hazards and potential man made events are likely to occur in the area of interest. If the risk is particularly high, I will look for another destination. Keep in mind that an earthquake and resulting Tsunami could occur at anytime along the Pacific coastline from Vancouver Island, British Columbia down to Mendocino, CA.
Thus the need to share this week's tip. Now, I am not suggesting you should avoid the coastline, however if you are planning a trip to the coastline, please add Tsunami preparedness to your travel plans. Keep in mind that you could have upwards of 20 minutes or more to respond after an earthquake and if it occurs during the summer months the roads will be overwhelmed and on foot evacuation will be necessary.
Here are a few tips for your trip, not necessarily in order of importance:
• Invest in a NOAA weather radio and have it set up to warn you of an approaching tsunami threat.
• Get a local map of the area.
• Look at the locale of where you are staying and determine if you could easily evacuate on foot within 20 minutes.
• Familiarize yourself with the evacuation routes. Can you get to high ground or inland easily? Or is there a building built to withstand the power of a tsunami that is high enough to allow you to vertically evacuate?
• Familiarize yourself with the sirens on the coast.
• If you feel the earth shake, respond to the earthquake and then head for high ground. Do NOT wait for a warning, assume the tsunami is coming.
• If you see the water recede suddenly, assume it is coming back with a full force tsunami.
• Tsunamis are multiple waves. Do not go back to the beach until it has been declared safe to do so.
• If you see animals flee to high ground, follow them.
• Have a 3 day "to go" kit with you and for each of your family members and friends.
• Talk to your friends and family about Tsunami preparedness measures and implement your personal plans before you reach the coast.
Now go out and have some fun with your loved ones at the beach! Don't forget your sun screen.