Assess if you, your family and your neighbors are ready for evacuation
San Rafael, CA – A significant portion of Marin County’s population lives close to the ocean or the bay partly because of those majestic views and cool breezes. But is that significant portion familiar with what to do in the event of a tsunami?
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) raises awareness all year long about tsunamis but especially during Tsunami Preparedness Week, which is March 27-31 this year. The Marin County Board of Supervisors officially recognized the occasion during its March 21 meeting.
“Whether you live, work, or travel along the coast, you should know how to protect yourself in case of a tsunami,” Hanks said. “Just as with earthquake preparedness, we have to be ready all the time.”
Earthquakes on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” especially in Alaska, give Marin little warning of the overwhelming waves that could travel up to 500 mph. A massive quake in the central Aleutian Islands of Alaska could send 30-foot waves to the Marin coast within about five hours. Japan is still recovering from a 2011 disaster that left about 22,000 dead, hundreds of thousands of residents homeless, and cost about $300 billion.
Hanks recommends that individuals and larger groups take time to read about tsunamis, watch videos and talk about evacuation plans. The California Department of Conservation provides an online map for anyone to check for tsunami inundation zones.
Marin OES recommends the following steps: