Earthquakes, tsunamis and windstorms, OH MY! But it’s not really a children’s rhyme that adequately describes it. Many Newport area residents stopped by the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management Fair held Saturday at the National Guard Armory on Highway 101 to find out just how seriously we should all prepare for the next natural disaster that will hit the Central Coast. It’s not a question of if…but WHEN. It’s just the nature of the coast.
Inside there were all manner and fashion of ways to prepare to “the big one,” whether it’s an earthquake, a flood, major fire, snow event, or tsunami. From having enough emergency food supplies for you and your pet, to temporary shelter, water purifying straws, to first aid, even grazing for edible plants, the Fair had it ready to share and to help residents know their way around when most of what they remember is no longer in its original form.
Residents we talked to said the Fair was very informative and brought up subjects that they never thought would be connected to a natural disaster.
Emergency Management’s Jenny Demaris said the county emergency preparedness website has most of the information anyone would likely need to be prepared for a big event. The website can be seen by clicking here. Demaris says the most frequently asked question is “Is my house in a tsunami zone?” Demaris tells them that a new map is about to be published by the state that expands the tsunami zones around Lincoln County and that the new map will be out shortly. And when it is released it will be put on the county’s emergency services management website at the click area above.
Demaris says they have held a number of public outreach fairs as was held Saturday in Newport. She says the next one is at the Toledo Fire Department, Saturday, October 13th from 10-3.