Tsunami, quake information to be offered at workshops in Clallam, Jefferson

PORT ANGELES — Tsunami and earthquake experts will be in Clallam and Jefferson counties April 13 for presentations focused on tsunami hazards, alert messages and getting residents at least two weeks ready.

Officials from the Washington Emergency Management Division will be joined by the Washington Geological Survey, the National Weather Service, the University of Washington/Sea Grant and Pacific County Emergency Management officials in the 90-minute presentation, which will include time for questions.

An early presentation will be at 12 p.m. at the J-47 Pirate Union Building (PUB) on the Peninsula College campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

An evening presentation is set for 6:30 p.m., at Chimacum High School auditorium, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum.

“The presentation this year will have new and updated topics specific to our area,” said Lynn Sterbenz, director of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management.

There are currently 10 sirens in Clallam County (including two with the Makah Tribe, one on lower Elwha Klallam land and two more with the Quileute Nation). And there are four sirens in Jefferson County, including one with the Hoh Tribe.

There are currently 69 sirens across the tsunami threatened coastal communities across the entire state.

Besides Clallam and Jefferson counties, presentations are also scheduled April 10 through April 13 all along Washington’s outer coast to include locations in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties with presentations also hosted with the Hoh and Quileute Nations.

The week before the presentations, officials from both inner and outer coast counties will be gathering at the state Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray for a tabletop exercise to become more familiar with their communication and coordination procedures in response to a distant source tsunami event.

The staff of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management will participate.

More information about the road show locations, its presenters and the topics being covered can be found at http://mil.wa.gov/ tsunami and www.jeffcoeoc.org.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsula dailynews.com.

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