Westport, WA – The city of Westport, and the Washington State Emergency Management Division are finalizing the paperwork to be designated Tsunami Ready. Naomi Lachapelle with the State EMD said yesterday “They actually are all done with their application, we’re now routing it for signatures and they are Tsunami Ready.
Representatives from NOAA, as well as the state and county Emergency Management Divisions held a workshop yesterday, Mayor Michael Bruce said “What we’re doing today is the city of Westport has invited all of our local hotel/motel owners to be briefed on the NOAA Weather radio, and how they should direct their visitors if there is an emergency.
NOAA Weather radios, along with disaster response guidebooks and a copy of the disaster plan created by the Ocean Shores Shilo Inn were distributed to local leaders in Westport’s hospitality industry.
Schools, playgrounds, hospitals, factories and homes are often built in areas vulnerable to tsunamis. The TsunamiReady Program, developed by the National Weather Service, is designed to help cities, towns, counties, universities and other large sites in coastal areas reduce the potential for disastrous tsunami-related consequences.
Since June 20, 2001, TsunamiReady has helped community leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local operations. TsunamiReady communities are better prepared to save lives through better planning, education and awareness. Communities have fewer fatalities and property damage if they plan before a tsunami arrives. No community is tsunami proof, but TsunamiReady can help minimize loss to your community. Find out what’s involved in becoming TsunamiReady.