If you live on the Oregon Coast, this is the page for you.
The most talked about potential disaster here is an earthquake and the tsunami following it. Experts say there is a 10% chance a big one will happen in the next 50 years! Wisdom says "get ready."
So stock up on supplies.
Learn your tsunami routes.
Learn how to survive without technology.
Make it an adventure, not a disaster!
Are You in the
Not sure if you live or if you are vacationing in a tsunami zone? What about your friends? Is your route home in the zone? This website is for you!
The map shows predictions for the estimated maximum splash zone for a local tsunami for all of OR and WA, overlaid on a Google map.
NANOOS is the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems - 40 private and government groups that work together studying the ocean and the land and towns on the coast.
Where is Help in
If you are on the Oregon or Washington coast during a tsunami, the map on this website shows you:
• ROADS and land that may be under water
• BRIDGES that may be collapsed – You won't believe how many bridges are in our towns. You don’t notice them when driving.
• ASSEMBLY AREAS that are designated to help people – Good places to memorize before anything happens
• LAW ENFORCEMENT
• COAST GUARD
• FIRE STATIONS
• BEACH ACCESS
• CERTAIN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
In my town, the coast guard, a couple fire stations, and the airport will all be under water if we get a tsunami. That's not very comforting.
Telephones not working?
Tune in on your battery-operated radio to K-LIGHT radio station at 98.7 FM.
The Coos County Emergency Broadcast Station.
Diaster Prepping for Kids
Do you have children who depend on you? Sons, daughters, students, neighbors.
They need you to teach them what to do when a disaster happens.
Talk to them. Make it an adventure. A game.
If you have children in your life, click here for essential info on getting them prepared.
It's an Earthquake!
What Do I Do?
The most likely way to be hurt is from things falling on you. Bookshelves. Light fixtures. Pictures. The ceiling.
If there is no table, curl up and cover your head. Don't try to run outside. The shaking may cause you to fall, and stuff can fall on you as you.
When the shaking stops, then go outside. There may be aftershocks that can be dangerous. If you have an earthquake kit, get it.
If you are in a tsunami zone, get to higher ground immediately. You have only minutes to get out of the zone. Don't wait for the tsunami warning. If you live near a river, and there are dams upriver from you, get to higher ground as the dams could be damaged by the quake. A tsunami or tidal surges can continue for up to 12 hours, so stay on higher ground, out of the tsunami zone, for at least that long.
Brick buildings fare much worse than wood buildings, so stay away from them.
After an earthquake, there may be secondary effects such as fire, hazmat spills and landslides.
There may be people injured nearby or trapped in buildings. The 911 system will be overwhelmed, so it may be up to you to help, if you can safely do so. If you cannot, call 911. If phone towers are down, try texting for help. Sometimes texting works when phones do not.
People will be scared and desperate. Be careful. Join together with people you trust. Help and protect each other. Disasters bring out the best and the worst in people.
The hospital and medical clinics will be overwhelmed. They have a disaster triage plan in place. If they have 200 people in line for medical care, they have to make choices. Triage means that a nurse examines the patient and determines how bad the injury is. The life-threatening injuries get seen first. Your wait may be long and may be outside or in a tent. You will get care, but your care may be suboptimal. Just something to think about.
Do not plan on the government to be there immediately to help you. FEMA says all citizens should be prepared for no help for 72 hours. In reality, it may be much longer. Remember Hurricane Katrina!
Do You Want to See More?
Here are some interesting links to other sites.
A compilation of live-cam clips of Japan's earthquake as it's happening. Scary. I noticed very few people followed the "Drop, Cover, Hold On" teaching, even when stuff is crashing down on them. Interesting.