Emergency Information

The City of Waldport has discontinued the tsunami siren warning system. This was done for several reasons, the primary one being that there are more efficient means of notifying people of a distant tsunami. Additionally, the sirens were becoming old and unreliable, and replacement parts expensive and almost impossible to find. Lincoln County Emergency Services has employed a reverse 911 telephone system, which is designed to warn individuals in an affected area in the event of storms, floods and other potential emergency situations, including tsunamis. Local media and emergency services personnel can also assist in getting the word out. A siren could actually cause panic where none is merited, since a distant tsunami means that there should be plenty of time to gather what is needed and proceed to safer areas. In the event of a local tsunami, the ground shaking should be your warning. So if you feel the ground shaking, DO NOT WAIT for sirens or phone calls, as even the best emergency notification system may not always be reliable. Head to high ground immediately, and wait for authorities to issue an "All Clear" before returning to your residence or workplace.

Links To More Tsunami Information:

Waldport Area Tsunami Inundation Map

Pacific Northwest Tsunami Evacuation Zones

FEMA Emergency Preparedness Information

NOAA Tsunami Information

State of Oregon Tsunami Information

Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District (COCFRD)

Links To Emergency Education Resources:

As always, if you're experiencing a true emergency, you should dial 911. However, if you're interested in learning more about identifying potential emergency situations and how to prepare for them, you may find the following links helpful:

Severe Weather 101

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

Home Emergency and Disaster Safety

Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

How to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

Winter Safety and Preparedness

Tornado Safety Guide

Lightning Safety Tips

Fire Safety In The Home

Overall Disaster Planning

Preparing for Storm Season