Along with Seaside and Office of Emergency Management leadership, Seaside High School and the Seaside High School Associated Student Body students are scheduled to meet at the Cove in Seaside on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 11:15 a.m., on Sunset Boulevard to reflect on their work with short walk out of the inundation zone to one of the new “leaving” markers. The public is invited to attend.
Late last fall, students from approached the Seaside City Council about a tsunami awareness project they had been working on. The project, “Don’t Catch This Wave,” was designed to raise awareness about the threat of a tsunami in the aftermath of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. The ASB students felt they could make a lasting impact on the community.
In their presentation to the City Council on Nov. 26, the ASB students helped motivate leaders in Seaside to work with state and federal partners to secure funding for tsunami evacuation markers that have been placed, and are continuing to be placed, in Seaside and other coastal communities.
The project was funded under an award by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and Department of Geologic Hazards and Mineral Industries have worked with a variety of coastal communities to provide the markers.