What to do if you see debris on coastal beaches

With debris from the Japanese Tsunami expected to continue showing up on Washington beaches, officials with Grays Harbor Emergency Management have released a new flyer showing general guidelines for what to do if you find debris. The most important thing for residents to remember is “If you don’t know what it is, don’t touch it.”

Officials want to warn those looking for debris to be alert for sharp metal, nails, screws, glass and splintered wood, and hazardous materials such as fuel tanks. Do not touch or attempt to move the item.

It is extremely unlikely any human remains from the tsunami will reach the United States. However, if you encounter any remains, immediately call 911 and give local authorities a detailed report about what you observed.

Common marine debris types will vary by location. If an object can be linked to the tsunami, please report it to DisasterDebris@.gov. Please provide as much information as possible. Where it’s safe and practical to do so, people should remove the debris and recycle any plastics or metals.

Report any debris found to at (360) 249-3911 or GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us

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