NAMES FLORIDA'S INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH THE NATION'S FIRST
July 7, 2005 — Officials from the NOAA National Weather Service today praised central Florida's Indian Harbour Beach for completing a set of rigorous criteria necessary to earn the distinction of being declared the first TsunamiReady community along the nation's East Coast. (Click NOAA image for larger view of tsunami wave warning logo. Click here for high resolution version, which is a large file. Please credit “NOAA.”)
"Indian Harbour Beach should take great pride in having gone the extra mile to provide its citizens with the measure of protection TsunamiReady affords," said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, USAF (Ret.), director of the NOAA National Weather Service. "We are continuing to expand the nation's tsunami detection, assessment and warning system, but a timely warning is meaningless if our citizens don't know how to respond to it. The TsunamiReady program is designed to help ensure that residents understand what actions to take."
TsunamiReady is a voluntary, community-based program that stems from the NOAA National Weather Service's popular StormReady initiative. Both programs foster a well-designed emergency response plan on a community-by-community basis.
"While no community can be tsunami proof, Indian Harbour Beach now has the means to minimize the threat to the public," said Bill Proenza, director of the NOAA National Weather Service's southern region. "A tsunami may not strike for many generations, but then again, it could happen tomorrow. I expect this city to be just the first in a long list of TsunamiReady communities along our East and Gulf coasts. As a nation with warm water recreation and large coastal population centers, we are compelled to be prepared."
Located in Brevard County (one of 59 StormReady counties in Florida), Indian Harbour Beach is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon. Currently home to nearly 9,000 citizens, it was established 50 years ago as a residential community in support of the growing space industry at nearby Kennedy Space Center.
"Indian Harbour Beach prides itself on being 'The city where quality of life is paramount'," said city manager Jackie Burns. "The city council strongly believes being prepared for natural disasters is truly reassuring for our residents' peace of mind. We are privileged and proud to have been selected by the NOAA National Weather Service for recognition as the first TsunamiReady community along the nation's East Coast."
City officials were presented with a recognition letter and special TsunamiReady signs in a ceremony at Indian Harbour Beach's Millennium Park. The recognition will be in effect for three years before the city undergoes a recertification process.
To be recognized as TsunamiReady, a community must:
Twenty-one communities along the U.S. West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii have previously been recognized as TsunamiReady.
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