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Are You Ready For A Tsunami? The Government's Not.

Here's an early holiday present from the California Seismic Safety Commission:  The Tsunami Threat To California Report.  In three words, "We're not ready."

Right.  A tsunami.  "We're not in Banda Aceh," you say.  The Report, however, points out there have been 80 tsunamis in the last 150 years, with two major tsunamis resulting in property damage and death.  Just scroll down to page four of the Report to get an idea how eerily close we are to the situation in Banda Aceh, and then visit the Banda Aceh link, and be sure to click on "Before" and "After."

While the report doesn't come right out and say it, statistically speaking, we're due.

The Report makes seven main findings:  (1)  tsunamis are a real and significant threat to life and property along the coast; (2) risks to our major ports are most significant given the concentration of jobs, imports/exports and the potential to affect the nation; (3) we're not educated about what to do in the event of a tsunami; (4) the warning system is inadequate; (5) building codes in areas potentially affected by tsunamis are insufficient; (6) federal mapping resources are underutilized by planners to coordinate an evacuation; and, (7) the Governor's Office of Emergency Planning has stepped up since the June 14 tsunami and made efforts to get ready.

But more needs to be done.  Sure, the risk from a tsunami is much less than an earthquake, but the consequences are the same.  Plus, getting ready for a tsunami is an awful lot like getting ready for an earthquake, even if you live in Northern California.

The Report makes several recommendations, which largely fall into the areas of more funding, better education and more cross-jurisdictional cooperation among government entities.

What can you do?  Visit the California Seismic Safety Commission site and learn how to get ready, but more important, contact your local, state and federal representatives and get them on the ball. 

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