NOAA Recognizes Jefferson County as TsunamiReady™ 

March 24, 2009

Beach in Jefferson County, Wash.

Beach in Jefferson County, Wash.

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Jefferson County, Wash., has earned the NOAA National Weather Service TsunamiReady™ designation, better equipping emergency managers to prepare and warn its citizens about tsunamis.

With this designation Washington is the first of the contiguous states to have all coastal counties earn TsunamiReady™ status. Jefferson County joins Clallam, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties as TsunamiReady™.

Brad Colman, meteorologist-in-charge, and Ted Buehner, warning coordination meteorologist, from the National Weather Service forecast office in Seattle, Wash., will present a TsunamiReady™ toolkit to county officials on Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pope Marine Building, 100 Madison St., Port Townsend. The toolkit includes road signs that identify tsunami inundation zones, evacuation routes and safe areas.

TsunamiReady sign.

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To be recognized as TsunamiReady™, a community must:

The National Weather Service is encouraging coastal residents to take steps to prepare for a tsunami. “Preparation for disaster is everyone's responsibility. Develop your own emergency response plan, keep a disaster supply kit on hand and learn the tsunami warning signs,” Colman said.

Bob Hamlin speaking with local citizens in Jefferson County, Wash.

Bob Hamlin speaking with local citizens in Jefferson County, Wash.

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The TsunamiReady™ program is part of NOAA National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The TsunamiReady™ designation must be renewed after three years.

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

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