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Tsunami Preparedness Week March 23-29, 2014


This is a living site. It will be updated as new information becomes available.


March 27, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis.


Tsunami Preparedness Week on Social Media

During Tsunami Preparedness Week, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Each day (Mon-Fri) our posts will focus on a theme:

  • Monday - It's Tsunami Preparedness Week/What's a Tsunami
  • Tuesday - Know Your Tsunami Risk
  • Wednesday - Tsunami Warnings
  • Thursday - 50th Anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis
  • Friday - Tsunami Safety

Tsunami Preparedness Week Media

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Tsunami Warning Center Activities

  • March 22: Host an open house
  • Lead the 2014 Tsunami Exercises: Caribbean/Northwestern Atlantic (CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX14), Gulf of Mexico (LANTEX14), Pacific (PACIFEX14)
  • Take part in the 2014 Alaska Shield Earthquake/Tsunami Exercise
  • Kick-off the Alaska and Northern California end-to-end communications tests

Carribean Tsunami Warning Program Activities

  • March 26: Help coordinate participation of the Caribbean and adjacent regions in the regional tsunami exercise (CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX14). Click here to register.

General Tsunami Information

Federal Emergency Management Agency

General Tsunami/Earthquake Information

U.S. Geological Survey

General Tsunami Information

State/U.S. Territory Activities and Information



  • March 22: The State of Alaska will participate in an open house at the National Tsunami Warning Center.
  • March 27: The State of Alaska is planning to conduct a live code tsunami warning test for coastal Alaska. The partnership for the test includes the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NOAA, and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Press releases and public service announcements will be sent to all media prior to the test, and information will be broadcast on the statewide Alaska Weather show nightly for one week prior to the test. An online post-test survey will be conducted to evaluate the test. The State of Alaska Emergency Operations Center will be activated and will contact all tsunami-threatened communities to verify receipt of the test as well as contact names and numbers.
  • March 27: Great Alaska ShakeOut earthquake drill (1:36pm AKDT)
  • March 27: Remembering the Great Quake at the Anchorage Museum - The 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1964 earthquake and tsunamis will include guest speakers from state government, Dr. George Plafker, and an open mic for survivors of the event.
  • During Tsunami Preparedness Week, tsunami preparedness information will be aired during the local evening news. Tsunami brochures, fliers, children's booklets, coasters, etc. will be distributed.
  • April 11-September 14: Riskland: Remembering the 1964 Earthquake at the Anchorage Museum

General Tsunami Information

Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Tsunami Mitigation / Alaska Tsunami Education Program /Alaska Earthquake Information Center / Kenai Peninsula Office of Emergency Management: Earthquake and Tsunami / Anchorage Office of Emergency Management: Tsunami Preparedness



  • State Program Activities
    • March 26: Tsunami Warning Communications Test (Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties) (between 11 and Noon PDT)
    • March 26: Required Monthly Test (Monterey, Oxnard, and San Diego NWS Weather Forecast Office areas of responsibility) (10:15 PDT)
    • March 27: Participate in PACIFEX14 (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties) (11:50 PDT)
    • Tsunami Preparedness Week Website (link to come)
  • Del Norte County
    • March 22: Ribbon cutting event to celebrate first tsunami-resistant harbor in the Western Hemisphere
    • March 22: 50th Anniversary Tsunami Safe Historical GUided Walking Tour
    • March 23: 5/10k tsunami run/walk
    • March 23: Disaster Preparedness Pet Walk
    • March 26: Full-scale evacuation drill
    • Educational seminars and town house meetings
    • Commemorative t-shirts
  • Humboldt County
    • Tsunami Warning Communications Test
    • Telephone Emergency Notification System call-out
    • California Department of Transportation changeable message signs on roads
    • Coastal overflight test of on-board notification systems
  • Los Angeles County
  • Marin County
    • March 27: Muir Beach Walk (10–Noon PDT)
    • Tsunami tabletop exercise
  • Orange County
    • March 26: Newport Beach free workshop about earthquakes and tsunamis and how to prepare for natural disasters at the Civic Center (6-8pm PDT)
    • March 27: Newport Beach/City of Irvine shelter exercise
    • Huntington Beach/City of Fountain Valley shelter exercise
    • Other coastal cities participating in functional tsunami exercise with OA EOC (Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente)
    • Newport Beach Elementary practicing in conjuction with tsunami exercise
    • March 27: Tsunami preparedness fair and walk at Wieder Park in Huntington Beach
    • Seal Beach tsunami walk
  • San Diego County
    • March 26: Tsunami walk and media event, Kellogg Park at La Jolla Shores (10:15am PDT)
  • San Francisco County
  • Sonoma County
    • Notifying all public safety answering points (PSAPs)
    • Telephone Emergency Notification System call-out
    • California Department of Transportation changeable message signs on roads
    • Coastal overflight test of on-board notification systems

To learn more about Tsunami Preparedness Week activities in California, visit

General Tsunami Information

California Geological Survey / California Office of Emergency Services Earthquake and Tsunami Program / My Hazards: Hazard Mitigation Portal / SAFRR - Science Application for Risk Reduction: Tsunami Scenario / Del Norte County Office of Emergency Services / Prepare Del Norte / Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management: Tsunami / City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department Information Center / Marin County Sheriff's Office: Tsunami / Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services / Monterey County Office of Emergency Services / Orange County: Tsunami Emergency / Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group (Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte Counties) / San Diego County Office of Emergency Services: Tsunami Facts and Preparedness / San Francisco (City and County) Tsunami FAQ / San Luis Obispo County: Tsunami Information / San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services / Santa Barbara County Tsunami Inundation Maps / Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services: Tsunami / Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services / Ready Ventura County

Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands

General Tsunami Information

Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands Homeland Security and Emergency Management (You Tube Channel) / Tsunami Preparedness Decision Wheel



  • Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties are participating in the Caribbean/Northwestern Atlantic tsunami warning exercise (CARIBE WAVE/LANTEX14). Participation includes verifying receipt of the initial exercise notification, holding planning meetings coincident with the exercise to simulate decision-making during an actual tsunami threat, and taking part in webinar briefings with National Weather Service Melbourne.


General Tsunami Information

Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense: Tsunamis


General Tsunami Information

Hawaii State Civil Defense / National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office: Hawaii Tsunami Preparedness and Safety Information / Pacific Tsunami Museum / Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency / Honolulu (City and County) Department of Emergency Management / Kauai County Civil Defense Agency / Maui County Civil Defense Agency


General Tsunami Information

Maine Tsunami Awareness / Maine Geological Survey: Tsunamis in the Atlantic Ocean

North Carolina

General Tsunami Information

North Carolina Department of Public Safety: Tsunamis



General Tsunami Information

Oregon Tsunami Clearinghouse / Preparing for a Cascadia Subduction Zone Tsunami:A Land Use Guide for Oregon Coastal Communities / Coos County Emergency Management / Curry County Emergency Services Department / Douglas County Emergency Management / Lincoln County Emergency Management: Earthquake & Tsunami / Tillamook County Emergency Management

U.S. Virgin Islands

General Tsunami Information

Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency: Plan and Prepare - Tsunamis


General Tsunami Information

Virginia Department of Emergency Management: Tsunamis / City of Norfolk Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response: Tsunamis



  • Tsunami Train-the-Trainer for five coastal tribes
  • March 19: Table top exercise using Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake/Tsunami scenario for Governor's cabinet and other agency executives
  • March 20, 2014: Facilitate the PACIFEX14 table top exercise in which the Washington State/Local Tsunami Workgroup will participate
  • March 26, 2014: Host an exercise that will simulate a tsunami generated by a major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone
  • Disaster Response Training Program for the Quinault Casino, which will train staff on tsunamis and tsunami preparedness

General Tsunami Information

Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division / Living on the Ring of Fire and its Consequences: The 1964 Good Friday Alaskan Earthquake and Tsunami / Grays Harbor County Division of Emergency Management / Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management: Tsunami Information / Pacific County Emergency Management Agency: Tsunami






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Knowing what to burn and what not to burn is important to help keep our enviroment clean and to prevent the air from being polluted with harmful chemicals.First adopted in 1971, North Carolina's "Open Burning Rule" has been one of its oldest air quality rules and sets conditions for allowable fires while regulating outdoor burnings. 

Open Burnings are limited because the smoke that emits from them makes the air difficult to breathe for others. Some of the health risks from inhaling such smoke includes (but not limited to): coughing, dizziness, eye and lung irritaiton, headaches, asthma attacks, etc. The phrase "If It Doesn't Grow, Don't Burn It" is help you remember  that only leaves, branches and other plant growth are  the only things that can be burned IF organic waste is not picked up in your area. Anything else that is not organic material is illegal to burn can end up with more than $25,000 fine for each offense depending on severity.

Below, is the link that will connect you to the official Emergency Management page that has additional information on burning bans and forms.


Pender County Emergency Management Illegal Burning Page

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