Information courtesy Maryjo Kerlin, PIO
Lincoln County School District
Knowing that it’s not a case of if but when disasters will strike the Oregon Coast, Lincoln County school district and county government representatives have participated in three days of earthquake/tsunami awareness education at the Hawaii State Civil Defense Center in Honolulu. They say they learned a lot and look forward to sharing their new found knowledge with everyone back home.
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii invited two participants from each West Coast state to attend the session. Officials from Oregon Emergency Management selected Lincoln County School District Safety Coordinator Susan Graves and Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris for this educational opportunity.
“It’s wonderful that Lincoln County School District and Lincoln County are seen as leaders in tsunami awareness for the state of Oregon,” Graves said. “We already have strong working relationships with local, state and national level organizations, and this further strengthens it. This will increase our capacity to have local input on national initiatives, and will open our agencies to other opportunities, grants and initiatives that can benefit everyone in Lincoln County.”
Graves and Demaris attended the tsunami awareness course on day one. On day two, Demaris and Graves were required to teach back portions of what they learned to local public safety officials. Day three, they participated in strategic planning to evaluate the course components and to provide ideas on how to most effectively teach this vital information to people back home in Lincoln County.
“It was an honor to be invited to participate in the training curriculum,” Demaris said, “and to know that we will have an opportunity to share our experiences and assist in mentoring the program here at home and in other communities.”
The awareness-level course provides a basic understanding of tsunamis, hazard assessment, warning and information dissemination, and community response strategies to reduce tsunami risk. The training is designed for emergency planners and responders, with the goal of enhancing the participants’ abilities to help keep their communities prepared and safe.
Additional information regarding the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center can be found at https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/.