NOAA Recognizes Yakutat, Alaska, as TsunamiReady™ and StormReady® 

March 18, 2009

View of the Gulf of Alaska from Cannon Beach - Yakutat, Alaska. Photo Credit: Debra Elliott.

Cannon Beach in Yakutat, Alaska.

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Yakutat, Alaska, has earned the NOAA National Weather Service TsunamiReady™ and StormReady® designations, better equipping the town to handle severe weather and tsunamis.

The Yakutat emergency management team fulfilled a rigorous set of warning communication and evacuation planning criteria that establish preparedness standards for tsunami and severe weather hazards.

"I’m honored to recognize Yakutat as our sixth TsunamiReady™ community in Alaska and second TsunamiReady™ community in Southeast Alaska," said Tom Ainsworth, meteorologist-in-charge of the Juneau Weather Forecast Office. “The National Weather Service continues to enhance the nation's tsunami and severe weather detection, assessment and warning system, but a timely warning is meaningless unless people know how to respond. This program is designed to help people prepare for what to do should a tsunami or severe weather strike.”

In a ceremony in Yakutat on March 24, Ainsworth will present a recognition letter and TsunamiReady™ and StormReady® road signs to community officials.

To earn TsunamiReady™ and StormReady® status, a community must:

TsunamiReady sign.

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Ainsworth also is encouraging local residents to take steps to prepare for a tsunami and other severe weather events. “Preparation for disaster is everyone’s responsibility. Develop your own emergency response plan. Keep a disaster supply kit on hand. Educate yourself about the warning signs,” he said.

The TsunamiReady™ and StormReady® programs are part of a partnership between NOAA’s National Weather Service and the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The TsunamiReady™ and StormReady® recognitions expire in three years, after which the community will go through a renewal process.

StormReady® and TsunamiReady™ are registered trademarks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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