Understanding the Bay Area’s Tsunami Risk, Preparedness Efforts, and Emergency Response
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
Cindy Pridmore - California Geological Survey
Kevin Miller- California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
Cindy and Kevin will provide information on the tsunami risks and emergency preparedness efforts for of the greater Bay Area. This presentation will provide an overview of California’s tsunami risk, the state’s official inundation maps, preparedness efforts, and some lessons learned from past tsunami events. More than eighty tsunamis have been observed or recorded in California in historic times. Fortunately, most of these were small and did little or no damage. Though damaging events have occurred infrequently, they are a possibility that must be considered in coastal communities. Both local and distant tsunami sources are of concern for our state coastline
The California Geological Survey (CGS) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) work closely with the coastal National Weather Service offices to assist communities and emergency managers in understanding their tsunami risk and strengthening their tsunami emergency plans. More than eighty tsunamis have been observed or recorded in California in historic times. Fortunately, most of these have been small and did little or no damage.
The worst case scenario for middle and southern California coastal communities is most likely a 9.0 +M earthquake originating from the Alaskan Aleutian subduction zone creating a tsunami that would reach our coastline in approximately five hours. For the outer coastal Bay Area, portions of the San Francisco coastline could experience inundation up to 15 feet above sea level at high tide.
Ongoing work includes CGS and CalOES working with NOAA, NWS, and FEMA to implement a plan to increase awareness of tsunami generated hazards to the maritime community (including both ships and harbor infrastructure) through the development of in-harbor hazard maps, offshore safety zones for boater evacuation, and associated guidance for harbors and marinas before, during and following tsunamis.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
When & Where
SFFD Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT)
NERT is a community based training program dedicated to a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach. It is beneficial for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in San Francisco. Through this program, individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness and prevention. The training also includes hands-on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team.
A typical NERT volunteer is not one type. The NERT volunteer is anyone who is active and involved in the community--or wants to be. San Francisco is made up of many neighborhoods. We are training to be one ready community when it counts. The Emergency Response is key but the Neighborhood Team comes first.