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Tsunami Warning System Test on Sept. 21, 2011 at 10:15 am
THIS IS A TEST….REPEAT, THIS IS A TEST!
There will be a test of the Tsunami Warning Systems along the west coast on Wednesday, September 21st, at 10:15 am. The National Weather Service West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center will initiate a communication and dissemination test of the Tsunami Warning System at that time; the (EAS) emergency alert system will be activated on radio and television broadcast channels, and local jurisdictions will be notified.
Notification resources vary from community to community and some may activate audible sirens, recorded messages or other public alerting systems.
This is an excellent time local businesses and residents to review tsunami plans, and perhaps hold their own earthquake/tsunami drills. You can download community specific brochures with tips on preparing for Tsunami’s and evacuation maps from the Oregon Emergency Management website: http://www.oregongeology.com/sub/earthquakes/Coastal/Tsubrochures.htm
In case of a Tsunami alert, DO NOT call 911 with routine questions; keep the lines free for persons requiring emergency help. Tests during past years have resulted in dozens of calls to 911 from people wanting to just make sure the test was not real. In a small community like Coos County, that kind of call volume will block the lines, and individuals calling to request ambulances, or report in progress emergencies may not able to get through.
To verify your community’s alert status, log onto the National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center website at http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/
The current warning status is in a large banner across the top of the site. Or contact your local Emergency Manager.
Coos County Emergency Management, 541-756-8213
Coos Bay, 541-269-1191
North Bend, 541-756-3161
Coquille Tribe, 541-756-0904
Oregon has recently settled on a standard statewide tsunami signal (an up and down wail that will last for three minutes) and a day and time for routine testing (first Wednesday) each month. Local jurisdictions have 5 years to transition to this standard.