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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

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