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Meeting tonight to detail the nation’s first tsunami vertical-evacuation structure being built in Ocosta

Pre-Levy Rendition of Ocosta School
The Ocosta School District will release plans tonight for the nation’s first vertical-evacuation refuge. Contractors are presenting designs and floor plans for the new Elementary School, Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency said recently; “They’re building the vertical evacuation aspect to their new elementary school and that’s the first one in the country. They’re getting a tremendous amount of attention and I believe that once it is built they are going to get a lot more attention.
Proposed
Several project leads will be available Thursday night with information, School Superintendent Dr. Paula Akerlund tells us Brian Ho and Brian Fitzgerald from TCF Architects in Tacoma will provide information on the design and floor plan of the new school, including the tsunami vertical evacuation structure.
Cale Ash, structural engineer on the project, will furnish details about the engineering of the vertical evacuation structure.
Doug Nichols, project manager from Construction Services Group, will provide information on the construction timeline and budget.
The meeting starts at 6:30 Thursday night in the elementary school’s multi purpose room.

Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Anniversary – The Impact Continues 3 Years Later

Japanese Tsunami, 3 Years later

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis.

Tuesday March 11, 2014 marks the 3rd anniversary of the Japanese earthquake & tsunami. Today, Japan is still searching for answers on what to do with the evacuees and the climbing rates of suicide of those affected. Chuck Wallace with the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency says this event COULD happen here. The impacts are unimaginable and ongoing. If the most prepared country in the world still suffers from the tsunami after 3 years, how much of an impact would it present to the U.S.?

Please read the following article from the Japan Times.

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/DEM/PressReleaseDetail.asp?RlseDate=3%2F10%2F2014

As survivors gather to pray for the souls of their relatives and friends at memorial services, some communities have chosen to commemorate the event in advance to avoid the media attention. – Kyodo, Staff Report       March 10, 2014

Japanese Tsunami, 3 Years later

Photo courtesy ABC News, Video available at link

 

Just a test: AHAB sirens manually activated at noon on Monday

AHAB Siren

All Hazard Alert Broadcast sirens will again blare the familiar Westminster Chimes and a brief voice message at noon today. After failing their monthly test last Monday, technicians accidentally fired the AHAB sirens Tuedsay morning. Chuck Wallace with the county’s emergency management agency tells us had there been an actual emergency the state EMD could have also triggered the sirens. Wallace said they plan to trigger another test, consisting of the Westminster Chimes and a brief voice message, Monday at noon.

 

Citizen Disaster Exercise postponed

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Citizen Disaster Exercise scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace confirmed a posting on facebook by the Grays Harbor Citizen Corps. It stated that due to logistical issues, the exercise at the Grays Harbor College has been postponed.
Wallace apologized for the late notice but circumstances dictate the change. The event will be held in the next month or two. All will be notified of the new date and time in the near future.

Response improving for Grays Harbor Emergency Management Agency survey

Montesano, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency reports they are getting great turnout to an online survey asking the county how they’re doing, and what they could do better.

Chuck Wallace tells us they’re asking residents to fill out a quick survey with questions ranging from how you get your news, to if.. and how soon, you could evacuate in an emergency. The survey will shut down after Labor Day.

Take a minute to fill out the survey here: https://t.co/WUE0Xob6F3