This is National Tsunami Awareness Week, and last night the City of Hoquiam was officially declared TsunamiReady.
The recognition from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration demonstrates that Hoquiam emergency managers, residents, businesses and visitors are better prepared for tsunamis.
Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney said, “Through this designation, we have taken steps to prepare our citizens and city to be ready should a devastating event occur. However, we recognize we all will continue to need to work together in planning, emergency drills and infrastructure improvements to build our resilience.”
Ted Buehner and Brynné Walker from NOAA were on hand to present the award and Buehner urged the council to continue to support emergency management.
In order to achieve the distinction, the city met criteria including developing a tsunami safety plan, installing dozens of tsunami evacuation signs, as well as promoting tsunami safety.
Hoquiam is the 164th city in the nation to receive the award. Aberdeen, Ocean Shores, Westport, Raymond, South Bend, the Quinault Indian Nation, and Grays Harbor as a whole had already been declared TsunamiReady.