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Practicing Tsunami Safety

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OREGON COASTAL COMMUNITIES SCHEDULED TO PRACTICE TSUNAMI SAFETY FOR NEW BLUE LINE PROJECT ON JAPANESE TSUNAMI (2011) ANNIVERSARY

On the Fifth Anniversary of the Japanese Earthquake Tsunami, March 15, 2011, Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will coordinate with city officials in coastal communities to walk across a blue line into their tsunami safety zone as part an overall evacuation drill.

Communities paint a blue line, with additional signage on the roadway, along the line leading to the evacuation zone. The Oregon pilot project is being conducted in the communities of Newport, Florence, Reedsport, Coos Bay and Gold Beach to install blue line markers on selected routes.

Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and OEM Director Andrew Phelps will be in Florence on Friday at Florence City Hall to participate in the WalkOut. Following comments at 10:30 a.m., the tsunami sirens will sound at 11 a.m., and participants will walk the tsunami evacuation route with DeFazio and Phelps. Media is invited to attend and OEM will provide a photo release via the FlashAlert Newswire.

“March 11 we commemorate the five-year anniversary of the devastating subduction zone earthquake and tsunami in Tohuko, Japan,” said Phelps. “The Blue Line project is an innovative way to practice and teach tsunami safety in Oregon.” The Blue Line Project is one of several ways the state is working to promote tsunami safety and is an opportunity to learn evacuation routes in your community. Also to find out how far uphill and inland you will have to go, and how long it will take to get there,” OEM Geologic Hazards Coordinator Althea Rizzo said.

The Oregon Tsunami Blue Line Project is happening in coordination with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries using funding from the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation program. For more information about tsunami routes in Oregon, visit oregonstunami.org.

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