During a news conference in Newport the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) released the new tsunami evacuation brochures for 12 communities in Lincoln County. This is an effort according to county emergency manager Jenny Demaris to Inundate Lincoln County with the information they need to be prepared in. The idea is that everyone will know where to go and what to do in the event of a tsunami.
According to Peter Ovington with DOGAMI the maps were made based on the latest science and sophisticated new mapping technology. He said they have used science and information learned from the earthquake and tsunamis over the past several years and the newest mapping technology LIDAR to give an accurate snapshot of where the water will travel. The maps show worst-case scenario evacuation zones for both local-source and distant-source tsunamis. The maps also show evacuation routes and assembly areas, and contain readiness tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones.
To help spread the word local emergency planners, fire department, CERT and volunteers will be going door to door with green bags containing the maps and information so residents know where to go and what to do. There will also be rallies held starting next week in Lincoln City, Newport and Waldport. These events will include a slide presentation by DOGAMI staff and scientists, with a focus on what the new maps tell us and how to prepare for an earthquake and tsunami.
New map brochures for each area will also be distributed at the rallies. It is important for families to have a plan and to practice a couple of times a year. In a local tsunami event the earthquake will be your warning. As soon as the ground stops shaking get your to go kit, and head to an assembly area as indicated on the maps. Once there it is important to stay where you are as tsunami waves come in surges and can last for several hours and become higher with each surge. There is also danger of debris. For more information or to view the maps go to www.Oregontsunami.org