In California this year, Tsunami Preparedness Week is taking place during the week of March 20-26. Promoted by the state's Office of Emergency Services, the week is a special time for agencies in coastal communities to test their communications plans and for individuals who live there to become familiar with evacuation routes and survival strategies.
The week in late March comes almost 52 years to the day after an earthquake struck with 9.2 force in Alaska in 1964; the resulting tsunami flooded 29 blocks of Crescent City's waterfront, damaged harbors and port facilities as far south as Santa Cruz and caused 12 deaths in California.
Because it serves a number of coastal communities in Northern California, the American Red Cross of the California Northwest Chapter is helping promote a number of tsunami-related activities that week. Prepared by the Del Norte County Office of Emergency Services, this flyer lists a number of such events taking place in that area of the state.
If you live or work in a coastal community, please take a few minutes to prepare for a possible tsunami. To help you do that, here are a few of the Red Cross resources that have been developed on the subject: