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Tsunami Preparedness
updated: Mar 04, 2013, 9:53 AM

Source: Office of Emergency Management

Like any other coastal area, Santa Barbara County has a risk of being impacted by a Tsunami. Although rare, there are a couple of rules to remember:

- In case of a VERY large local and prolonged earthquake, quickly move to higher ground; away from the water. DO NOT WAIT FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

- "Distant Tsunamis" are from other locations in the world. Emergency officials can monitor ocean impacts and provide important information and instructions before any arrival. Listen and follow instructions.

- With such a diverse coastline, many areas are well-above any Tsunami risk. Others are at significant risk and should be avoided when there is a Tsunami risk. Tsunami inundation maps can be found at http://countyofsb.org/ceo/oes.aspx?id=376 (scroll down for maps).

Learn more about Tsunamis at : http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/?page=safety

Watch this month's informational video at : http://youtu.be/i3Lg3Q-LEjI

(Spanish) http://youtu.be/-RMYJCG_33A

OEM is at Duty Officer Status. There is a risk of increased rip currents in the area. Caution should be used. Unsettled weather will continue with rain showers towards the end of the week.

 

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