Earthquake activity off southeast Alaska kept up a steady pace on Monday but then was toned down by mid-afternoon. Richter hits were between 3.4 to 4.1. None of them were strong enough to trigger a NOAA tsunami Warning or even a Watch.
Again, we strongly urge residents to acquire a NOAA Alert Radio. Make sure it is an ALERT radio that automatically beeps loudly or turns on a siren loud enough to alert your family from one end of your home to the other. Other radios that only list “NOAA” radio channels, and don’t say they have auto-alert should be avoided. You want to be awakened from your sleep just like an alarm clock. There are lots radios to choose from. Get extra batteries for your unit(s). There are many online outlets that are well stocked and there is a huge range of models to pick from.
If you’d like to deal locally with knowledgeable store owners, one of them who has been around for literally decades is Bruce Polvi of the Electronics Superstore in Lincoln City. The Electronics Superstore is right across Highway 101 from Price and Pride Market/Lincoln City City Hall at 800 SE Highway 101. Bruce has a good selection of NOAA Alert radios. He’s most fond the “Midland” brand…Midland having been around for many, many years. The model WR-100 or WR-120 are solid “Auto Alarm” NOAA alert radios. Bruce says they run just under 40-dollars and put out a loud alarm when NOAA hits the button for the west coast. The next model up is the WR-300 or 400 which is truly worth the extra 20 bucks because the WR-300 or 400 can be adjusted to sound an alarm only for official WARNINGS – like A TSUNAMI IS LIKELY HEADED YOUR WAY. It can hold back a WATCH alert, so you can keep sleeping. But when conditions warrant a WARNING, you get the full blast alert which of course, you’ll need in order to get a big enough head start at collecting up your family and your family records and other important papers and valuables.
It was our experience here at News Lincoln County and among others on the coast that during last weekend’s tsunami scare, notifications from emergency services agencies were WELL BEHIND DIRECT NOAA NOTIFICATIONS. And in some areas of the coast, even minutes can be life-saving. An audit of Oregon State Emergency Services showed much that is lacking in Oregon’s emergency preparedness tactics, making a true “NOAA Auto-Alert” radio absolutely vital for you and your family. In fact, in the Monday’s Oregonian newspaper there was a big long article describing notification delays and other notification problems that many coast residents, from Astoria to Brookings, were very upset about. Of course, as always, it all comes down to money.
Again, Bruce’s Electronics Superstore is at 800 SE Highway 101 on the east side of 101 from Price n’ Pride and City Hall/Library. From my personal experience, it’s definitely worth stopping by and learning how you can be INSTANTLY LINKED TO CORRECT INFORMATION by acquiring a NOAA AUTO-ALERT RADIO. NOAA knows what’s going on – whether it’s dangerously bad weather or a life and property threatening tsunami. Having a NOAA Auto-Alert radio is the best way to give that vital head start for you and your family on what to take with you and where to go to stay safe.