Tsunami Emergency Alert System Test
updated: Mar 26, 2014, 11:30 AM
Source: Office of Emergency Management
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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO BE DESIGNATED "TsunamiReady™/StormReady®"
Santa Barbara County officials will be awarded the TsunamiReady™ /StormReady® status by representatives
of the National Weather Service at Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, April
1st. TsunamiReady™ is a readiness program developed by NOAA's National Weather Service that builds
upon its StormReady® program, both designations that Santa Barbara County received in January 2014.
The TsunamiReady™ designation recognizes communities that have taken steps necessary to ensure
residents and visitors are better prepare storms, tsunamis, and the hazards they pose.
The county met rigorous criteria to achieve this distinction, which include developing a tsunami response
plan and communications infrastructure, installation of tsunami hazard zone signs, as well as actively
promoting tsunami safety through public awareness activities and training. The county worked closely with
the National Weather Service (NWS) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and Geological
Survey in completing these requirements.
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 130 U.S. communities and counties have become TsunamiReady™. The StormReady® program focuses
on community response and communications plans to develop preparedness measures for the hazards that
storms can pose. StormReady® features over 2000 sites nationwide. While no community is tsunami or
storm-proof, the programs allow for stronger emergency response plans and preparedness activities to
develop effective strategies to deal with events.
To be recognized as TsunamiReady™ a county 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 the 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
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