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Sonoma County recognized as a Tsunami Ready community

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Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Week

On March 29th, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed March 27 - April 2, 2016 as Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Week. Representatives from the National Weather Service were at the meeting to recognize Sonoma County as a TsunamiReady county, a designation that recognizes voluntary community programs that promote collaborative tsunami hazard preparedness efforts. 

“While they are not common, tsunamis can happen at any time, during any season or weather, and can be a serious threat to life and property,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Efren Carrillo. “Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services is improving public safety by focusing on prevention and taking important steps to reduce losses from a potential tsunami along our coastline.”

In order to become a Tsunami Ready community, the County has developed a local Tsunami Response Plan, mapped inundation areas along the coast, identified evacuation routes, established refuge areas, installed over 160 tsunami signs in the hazard zones, provided education to the public, deployed and maintained redundant and reliable means to disseminate tsunami warnings and participated in readiness exercises.

Tsunami Sign showing man running away from wave

Sonoma County encourages the community to be aware of the dangers of tsunamis and urges residents to be prepared with an emergency plan. A tsunami is a series of waves caused by a large, sudden disturbance of the sea either far away (across the ocean) or locally. Undersea earthquakes are the most common cause, but landslides, volcanic activity, certain types of weather, and meteorites can also cause tsunamis. Even small tsunamis can be dangerous, especially to swimmers, surfers, and boats in harbors.

For additional information, please contact Emergency Coordinator Zachary Hamill, Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department: (707) 565-1152.

Tsunami Awareness and Safety Fact Sheet

Sonoma Sonoma County Tsunami Inundation Maps