NOTES FROM TSUNAMI MESSAGING WEBINAR OF 05/15/2014
Participants on this webinar are listed at the bottom of this page.
These are notes following the webinar-enabled discussion held May 15, 2014, about tsunami safety–Part 1– during alerts
Tsunami advisories and warnings are issued by NOAA. Radio and TV stations will carry official shoreline evacuation instructions through the Emergency Alert System.
Both natural and official tsunami warnings are equally important. Respond to whatever you hear or observe first! If you feel the ground shake, you get to high ground.
Don't rely on a siren or WEA message to move – use the ground shaking as your indicator to take action.
In Oregon – Local tsunami 8 to 15 minutes before first wave arrives. Siren systems require flipping a button. Wireless Emergency Alert does not require human intervention.
In Hawaii – local tsunami will hit coast in 6 - 7 minutes. PTWC gets warning out in 3 minutes.
Tsunami Warning messages the group agreed to:
If you are at home and hear there is a tsunami warning, you should make sure your entire family is aware of the warning.
If you are in school and you hear there is a tsunami warning, you should follow the advice of teachers and other school personnel.
Move away from the beach. Get more information on local radio or TV stations or mobile device. Follow the directions of emergency personnel. They may request you to evacuate beaches and low-lying coastal areas. Limit phone calls to life-threatening emergencies.
Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio and local radio or TV for the latest updates.
If you are in a safe area, stay where you are.
Tsunami Advisory messages the group agreed to:
If near the coast, stay away from bodies of water.
There are possible strong and dangerous local currents. Listen carefully to TV and radio and act.
Listen to local emergency officials.
Clear the beach. Stay away from the harbor.
Locate loved-ones and review evacuation plans. Be ready to move quickly if a tsunami warning is issued.
Stay tuned. (It will change).
Check your personal preparedness.
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05/15/2014 webinar participants
Amanda Admire Arcata CA Humboldt State University
Nick Arcos Honolulu HI International Tsunami Information Center
Gerard Fryer Honolulu HI NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Donna Hughes Crescent City CA Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group
Rocky Lopes Silver Spring MD NWS HQ Tsunami Program
Royal McCarthy Eureka CA CalTrans
Erv Petty Ancorage AK Alaska DHSEM
Cindi Preller Anchorage AK NWS Alaska Region
Cindy Pridmore Sacramento CA California Geological Survey
Christa Rabenold Silver Spring MD NWS HQ Tsunami Program
Althea Rizzo Salem OR Oregon Emergency Management
Christina Zarchadoolas New York NY Hunter College
Walt Zaleski Fort Worth TX NWS Southern Region