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CERT to begin door-to-door safety campaign

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will begin a door-to-door public outreach campaign on Thursday, May 16.

CERT will be visiting each address in the mapped inundation zone to personally deliver a packet of materials that includes the new Florence Tsunami Evacuation Map and to answer questions for those living or working in the inundation zones.

Teams will also be delivering the new Tsunami Evacuation Map for Dunes City (Westlake).

The public outreach campaign will continue through Wednesday, May 29, in preparation for the communitywide tsunami evacuation drill scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at 10 a.m.

Dunes City and Florence residents living in the mapped tsunami inundation zones will be asked to practice their evacuation to high ground and then proceed to designated assembly areas.

Each person is responsible for bringing a “grab-and-go” kit containing sufficient food, water, medications and personal items to survive for 72 hours.

Those with pets need to bring food, water, medication and suitable means to constrain their pets at a designated assembly area for a period of 72 hours.

Evacuees will be asked to move to high ground without the use of their vehicles. Studies of recent large subduction zone earthquakes have shown that many streets and roads will be blocked by downed power lines and trees.

Broken water and sewer mains can be expected to erode portions of streets and roads, making vehicular traffic impossible during the predicted 20-minute period before arrival of the first tsunami wave.

For the complete article see the 05-15-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 05-15-2013 paper.

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