It's Been Two Years, Are You Better Prepared?
It's been two years since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Tohoku region of Japan, generating a massive tsunami that devastated many of the country's coastal areas and claimed the lives of over 22,000 people. The impact of the tsunami was also felt along the Pacific coast of North and South America, from Alaska to the country of Chile.
In California, damage from the tsunami in coastal communities such as Crescent City, Santa Cruz, and others were enough to warrant both State and Federal emergency declarations.
This disaster served as another stark reminder of California's vulnerability to such events. While our state continues to be a world leader in our emergency preparation and response efforts, those efforts are of secondary importance. It is the advance preparedness measures of each individual that provides the first line of defense against any emergency. By taking the time to learn and understand your risks and working to prepare for those situations, you put yourself and those around you in a better position to survive and endure whatever Mother Nature may send your way.
The week of March 24-30 marks National Tsunami Preparedness Week. It is a time to not only reflect on past events, but to learn from them and take action. Use the resources below to help guide you down the path to preparedness.