NOTES FROM TSUNAMI MESSAGING WEBINAR OF 04/03/2014
Participants on this webinar are listed at the bottom of this page.
These are notes following the webinar-enabled discussion held April 3, 2014, about tsunami dangers – what to do when you can't get to high ground
ACCESS – when higher ground is inaccessible
For the following situations:
1. rural, sparse population that is close to the coast
2. no strong multi-story buildings or other options for vertical evacuation
3. high ground is too far away to reach by foot before wave arrival
Access is blocked:
If you are blocked from reaching your identified high ground - due to downed power lines, damaged roads or bridges, or mud slides, then look for secondary high ground and go there. If no secondary high ground exists or is also blocked, then consider other options. First look for the highest strongest building that you can reach before the wave arrives. If one exists then go up as high in the building as you can go. If no buildings are available, then climb a tree, etc.
Short message: Try to go to alternate high ground, but if you can't, go to an alternate site.
- you have to adapt to the local situation and their real world.
Know where your safest areas (high ground/safe place) are.
Have a backup plan. (leverage notion of vertical evacuation.)
These messages are designed to improve your chances of surviving. (Don't guarantee survival.)
How many floors high? In Japan, the tsunami reached the 5th floor of at least one building.
04/03/2014 webinar participants
Donna Hughes Crescent City CA Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group
Bill Knight Palmer AK National Tsunami Warning Center
Rocky Lopes Silver Spring MD NWS HQ Tsunami Program
Teron Moore Victoria BC Emergency Management BC
Troy Nicolini Eureka CA NWS WFO Eureka
Sue Perry Pasadena CA USGS SAFRR Program
Cindy Pridmore Sacramento CA California Geological Survey
Christa Rabenold Silver Spring MD NWS HQ Tsunami Program
Althea Rizzo Salem OR OEM
Jeri Siegel San Luis Obispo CA CalOES
Wendy Vaughon New York NY Columbia University
Christa VonHillebrandt Mayaguez PR NWS Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program
Brian Yanagi Honolulu HI Int'l Tsunami Info Center
Christina Zarcadoolas New York NY Columbia University
Walt Zaleski Fort Worth TX NWS Southern Region