Lt. Gordon McCraw, Tillamook County’s Director of Emergency Management was notified yesterday (June 20, 2017) that the county’s designation of Tsunami Ready and Storm Ready had been renewed. Tillamook County first achieved the designation in 2005 and has continued to meet all requirements since then. The elements are reviewed every four years by the National Weather Service (NWS) Portland to ensure continued compliance. Lt. McCraw and NOAA personnel met Monday, June 19th, and completed an updated application and an email received yesterday advised that Tillamook County met or exceeded all of the requirements for renewal of both designations.
The NWS TsunamiReady and StormReady Programs are designed to help cities, towns, counties, universities and other large sites in coastal areas reduce the potential for disastrous tsunami or storm related consequences. Elements reviewed include Communication and Coordination, Warning Reception Methods, Local Warning Dissemination, Community Preparedness and Administrative Functions related to the above.
In a letter announcing the renewal, NOAAs Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service Portland said to Lt. McCraw, “Many thanks to you and your staff for all the great work promoting tsunami awareness and community resilience throughout your community.” County Emergency Management Director Lt. Gordon McCraw said the county was also awarded a TsunamiReady Certificate of Achievement in 2008, “For improving the timeliness and effectiveness of hazardous weather warnings for the public through a diligent and proactive approach of increasing communications and preparedness. The current renewal for both the TsunamiReady and StormReady status is valid through 2020.
Lt. McCraw reminds everyone that Tillamook County citizens can register for Emergency Management Alerts for free at www.nixle.com and receive weather and other significant event alerts directly to a cellphone as a text message or to an email, or both. There is also a Facebook page that McCraw, who is a retire Navy Weather Forecaster, started to help keep the community informed of weather, road, and other important happenings, realtime. His Facebook page is Gordon’s Tillamook Weather Center. For Twitter users he also has a twitter page @TillamookCoEm. In addition to these he also sends out forecasts and other information on an email distribution list to thousands in Tillamook County. Gordon added that, “In addition to these, having a NOAA Weather Radio is also very important. In an emergency, my hope is that at least one of these alert methods will work for everyone.”
Information provided by Tillamook County Emergency Services