People of Northwest Public Radio
Wed May 2, 2012
Hundreds Head For The Hills In Seaside Tsunami Drill
The sound of tsunami warning sirens sent hundreds of people in Seaside, Oregon scurrying on foot to higher ground Wednesday. The resort town held a community-wide evacuation drill.
Sound: (loudspeaker voice/siren) “This is a test of the emergency warning system. This is only a test.”
Seaside High School students had to trot more than a mile to get to safety. Seaside is considered among the more vulnerable population centers on the Northwest coast. The majority of the town would be flooded in a major tsunami. Other coastal towns are planning similar evacuation drills later this month, including Coos Bay and Garibaldi.