The board heard a presentation from Peter Ovington of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries on the agency's new tsunami evacuation maps. The maps, developed with new data on the destructive earthquake-generated ocean waves, show areas of the county subject to potential flooding by tsunamis originating both locally and in distant locations , and identify evacuation routes and assembly areas. The next step comes in getting that information out to the community. The county and DOGAMI have several ways they plan to do that including making that information readily available on line. DOGAMI has an excellent website with all the information including city specific evacuation maps developed using new data and establishings some new safe places to gather in th event an evacuation is necessary. all that can be found at www.oregontsunami.org
The maps are slated to be officially released June 18. Four community rallies are scheduled to increase to distribute maps and raise awareness of tsunami preparation: June 20 in Warrenton at the Community Center, June 22 in Astoria at Clatsop Community College, June 27 in Seaside at Broadway Middle School and June 29 in Arch Cape at the fire station.
Following the presentation, Emergency Management Director Dean Perez presented a certificate of appreciation to Lianne Thompson for her work as the county's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinator. Thompson also serves as the local community outreach coordinator for the Tsunami Readiness program.