Wayfinding signage

City Council Tom Horning and Seaside Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Community Development Department, review new wayfinding sign locations.

Look down for the signs.

They’ll tell you where to head in the case of a tsunami.

New wayfinding signage, inspired by members of the Seaside High School’s Associated Student Body in a presentation last fall, will guide residents and visitors to safe ground in the case of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The 62 thermal plastic street signs along the five established evacuation routes will increase public awareness of tsunami inundation zones, evacuation routes and safe high ground locations, Anne McBride, Seaside’s emergency preparedness coordinator, said at the Monday, May 14, City Council meeting.

Funding for the project will come from grants from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Current signs are confusing and people “have gotten used to them,” McBride added. “This is going to be a new opportunity to find their way.”

Signs will be placed in the middle of the street rather than the right hand side to avoid wear and tear on the signs.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for people to say this is my route, this is the place I go,” McBride said.

The project is a collaboration with the Associated Student Body with assistance from the city’s community development and public works staff, she said.

Contracts for application of the markers, will be completed this month, she said.

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