Emergency planners use the film “The Impossible” to make the point on being prepared; distributing flyers to cinema lovers. This film and the entire Oscar buzz that goes with it, comes to the Historic Bijou Theater for one week and will the first film projected on the theater’s new digital system, starting Friday, March 1st.
“The Impossible” starring Naomi Watts (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress) and Ewan McGregor is a very realistic depiction of what will occur when a tsunami hits the west coast; an event which is only a matter of time.
Being called “one of the most realistic and emotional disaster films ever made”; it is based on one family’s true story of struggle during and after the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami that killed over 230,000 people in fourteen countries.
“The film (The Impossible) drives home the importance of learning what to do” said Peter Ovington, Oregon Department of Geology; “Please see this powerful movie and volunteer with our tsunami outreach effort this spring in Lincoln County. We’ll be knocking on doors in the tsunami inundation zone and educating folks about how to prepare. It’ll take everyone’s help to get our coast tsunami-ready.”
Ovington, like so many others of us throughout the state, knows the event that is looming at our backdoor only 70 miles or so off the coast, a “local tsunami” will be far worse than what was seen in the film’s “distant tsunami.”
The harsh reality is our Cascadia Subduction Zone event will be preceded by a magnitude 9.0 quake producing a huge series of waves that will stretch 800 miles along the coast from British Columbia to northern California. It is not too hard to imagine, think back to the images of Japan during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The good news, if there is good news, is that you can prepare for this earth-changing event. Learn what to do for a distant and local tsunami, find out and practice your evacuation route, learn first aid or join C.E.R.T., and communicate with your family about the facts.
To learn more contact North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, or get evacuation maps at www.OregonTsunami.org and if you have a Smartphone get TsunamiEvac-NW a free app of tsunami evacuation maps. To volunteer call Lynda Engle at (503) 936-7767 for more tsunami outreach information. Could save your life!
Courtesy of Fire Captain Jim Kusz
Public Information, Education and Safety Officer
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District #1