The city of Hoquiam is now TsunamiReady and StormReady. Ted Beuhner with the National Weather Service attended the council meeting last night presenting the city with the award, and two new TsunamiReady signs. “On behalf of myself and all of us at the National Weather Service in Seattle, Renee and everybody that she works with in the Washington Emergency Management Division, Chuck Wallace in Grays Harbor County Emergneyc Management, and the citizens of Hoquiam, congratulations.
Starting off National Tsunami Preparedness Week, the city became the 164th city nationwide to earn the designation. Beuhner added “In fact, all up and down the coast from Pacific County up to Clallam County, all the outer coastal counties are currently Tsunami Ready.”
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.