The Washington State Department of Ecology have provided a poster showing residents how to deal with the tsunami debris that will be washing up onto the coast.
The general message to residents is to be safe and “If you don’t know what it is, don’t touch it.” Report any debris to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration including any photographs to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov. If the item seems unusual or hazardous, report it to your local authorities.
The guidelines also cover what to do for specific debris types. It is important that residents do not touch or attempt to move any item that could be hazardous or any derelict boats or large debris items. The poster also states that any item that appears to be personal belongings of those directly impacted by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami be treated with respect.
For more information on the debris, visit www.marinedebris.noaa.gov/info/japanfaqs.html