NOAA declares us TsunamiReady

Post Date:03/27/2012 2:00 PM
TS 2NOAA National Weather Service Declares Orange County Sanitation District in Huntington Beach Calif., TsunamiReady 

Officials from NOAA's National Weather Service will recognize Orange County Sanitation District in Huntington Beach, Calif., for completing a set of rigorous guidelines necessary to earn the distinction of being TsunamiReady®.

To achieve this distinction the Sanitation District met rigorous criteria, which include developing a tsunami safety plan and communications infrastructure, installation of dozens of tsunami hazard zone and evacuation signs, as well as actively promoting tsunami safety through public awareness activities and training.

“We are proud to be recognized as a TsunamiReady organization by the National Weather Service” said Jim Ruth, general manager of Orange County Sanitation District. “Our preparedness ensures our staff’s safety and continued uninterrupted wastewater service to our 2.5 million customers.”

The TsunamiReady preparedness program helps communities develop tsunami response plans with NOAA's National Weather Service and local emergency managers. Since the program began in
2004, more than 80 U.S. communities have become TsunamiReady.

Roger Pierce, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in San Diego, Calif., will present a recognition letter and special TsunamiReady signs to the Sanitation District officials at a formal ceremony on March 28, 2012.

“This is an outstanding display of leadership and proactivity by the Sanitation District,” said Pierce. “The Orange County Sanitation District and its communities are setting the standards for West Coast tsunami preparedness.”

To be recognized as TsunamiReady a community must::

Establish a 24-hour center for receiving National Weather Service warnings and activating local warning systems.

Have more than one way to alert the public about tsunami and severe weather warnings.

Promote public readiness through community education and the distribution of information.

Develop a formal tsunami plan, which includes holding emergency exercises.

The TsunamiReady program is part of NOAA National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association and the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The TsunamiReady designation must be renewed after three years.
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