North Oregon Coast Town To Test Tsunami Sirens
(Seaside, Oregon) - On April 24, the sirens will blare in Seaside, as visitors and residents alike will have the chance to take part in a citywide voluntary tsunami evacuation drill.
The drill begins at 10 a.m. in the north coast town, which has some of the most to lose of many Oregon towns when that dreaded event finally takes place, as much of Seaside’s downtown area actually lies on a downward slope from the ocean.
The city’s new public address system will make an announcement at the beginning of the drill. Once the drill begins, the emergency sirens will be activated and the city is encouraging voluntary evacuation practice for all those who wish to participate.
The wavering siren will begin low and then modulate with an up and down pitch for three minutes. As part of this drill, participants are encouraged to have emergency kits and evacuation supplies ready, be aware of tsunami safe zones, and proceed to them as soon as possible.
Officials urge to practice your evacuation route on foot and do not drive.
“We feel that it is important to inform visitors that this is only a drill,” said the City of Seaside in a press release. “We also would encourage that they be asked to not be in close proximity to the emergency sirens, as the sound will be very loud.”
City officials say hotel guests interested in participating in this voluntary drill should be educated by the lodgings.
“Please educate them as to the proper way to evacuate which is calmly and on foot,” the press said to local businesses. “Ask them to leave their cars parked and give them directions to their evacuation zone. We would also encourage you to remind your guests on Friday, April 24 prior to 10 a.m. that the Voluntary Tsunami Evacuation Drill is about to occur.
“Seaside takes pride in being one of the most prepared cities in Oregon. Thank you in advance for your participation.”
Additional information can be obtained at the Seaside City Hall 989 Broadway (503) 738-5511.
Other Upcoming Seaside Events
April 21. Seaside Kiwanis Pancake Feed. 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Seaside Civic & Convention Center. Seaside, Oregon.
May 5 - 8. Oregon Porcelain Art Retreat. The World Organization of China Painters is an organization made up of talented artists, purveyors of china painting supplies, and connoisseurs of fine art. This retreat offers instructor classes. Seaside Civic & Convention Center. Seaside, Oregon. www.porcelainart.net/oparmain.html
May 16. Downtown Seaside Wine Walk. Crowds wandering throughout the downtown area and taste-testing Northwest wines. $5 for the wristband. ID will be checked. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 503-717-1914 or www.seasidedowntown.com.
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