In recognition of World Tsunami Awareness Day on Nov. 5, the Cannon Beach Emergency Preparedness Committee reminds citizens and businesses that programs are in place to train employees on the importance of swift evacuation, following established evacuation routes and assisting customers to do the same. The pre-deployed container program is available to all for storing warm clothing, rain gear, food, tents, sleeping bags on high ground at our cache sites. Inquire at city hall.
The committee offers emergency tips. If you feel an earthquake, evacuate immediately. Do not wait for the siren warning and do not pause to call your fire or police department seeking to confirm the need to evacuate. Do not attempt to use your car. It is common to encounter gridlock with cars stranded on bridges, or on the roadway to a bridge that may no longer be standing. During floods and tsunamis, people in cars constitute 70 percent of the drowning deaths that occur. Build an emergency kit for your family and make a family communications plan.
Learn your evacuation route from your home, school, and place of work. Being prepared is the best way to keep you and your family safe. For further information, visit www.ci.cannon-beach.or.us and click on emergency preparedness, or contact city hall at 503-436-1581.