Be Prepared!

This information could save your life! Please read it and share it with your family and friends.

Here is a disaster plan from Avery T. Horton, Jr/Southwest Oregon Preppers for you to fill out to be prepared: Disaster Plan

If you feel an earthquake, a tsunami may be coming…

What To Do

1. Drop, Cover, Hold until the earthquake is over, protect yourself

2. Move immediately inland to high ground and away from low-lying coastal areas.

3. Follow Evacuation Route signs

4. Do not wait for an official warning

5. Go on foot if at all possible

6. Do not pack or delay

7. Do not return to the beach – large waves may continue to come onshore for several hours

8. Wait for an “ALL CLEAR” from local emergency officials before returning to low-lying areas

What To Know about tsunamis

A tsunami is a series of sea waves, usually caused by a displacement of the ocean floor by an undersea earthquake. As tsunamis enter shallow water near land, they increase in height and cause great loss of life and property damage.

Recent research suggests that tsunamis have struck the Oregon coast on a regular basis. They can occur at any time, day or night. Typical wave heights from tsunamis occurring in the Pacific Ocean over the last 500 years have been 20-65 feet at the shoreline. However, because of local conditions a few waves may have been much higher – as much as 100 feet.

We distinguish between a tsunami caused by undersea earthquakes near the Oregon coast (a local tsunami) and an undersea earthquake far away from the coast (a distant tsunami).

Local Tsunamis

A local tsunami can come onshore within 15 to 20 minutes after the earthquake – before there is time for an official warning from the national warning system. Ground shaking from the earthquake may be the only warning you have. Evacuate quickly!

Distant Tsunamis

A distant tsunami will take 4 hours or more to come ashore. You will feel no earthquake, and the tsunami will generally be smaller than that from a local earthquake. Typically, there is time for an official warning and evacuation to safety.

Evacuation for a distant tsunami will generally be indicated by a 3-minute siren blast and an announcement over NOAA weather radio that the local area has been put into an official TSUNAMI WARNING. In isolated areas along beaches and bays you may not hear a warning siren. Here, a sudden change of sea level should prompt you to move immediately to high ground. If you hear the 3-minute blast or see a sudden sea level change, first evacuate away from shoreline areas, then turn on your local broadcast media or NOAA weather radio for more information.

What To Do for both local and distant tsunamis

1. Evacuate on foot, if at all possible. Look for the Tsunami Hazard Zone signs and leave the area by following Evacuation Route signs and arrows.

2. If you need help evacuation, tie something white (sheet or towel) to the front door knob. Make it large enough to be visible from the street. If the emergency is a distant tsunami, then help may arrive. In the event of a local tsunami, it is unlikely that anyone will help you, so make a plan and be prepared!

3. Stay away from potentially hazardous areas until you receive an ALL CLEAR from local officials. Tsunamis often follow river channels, and dangerous waves can persist for several hours. Local officials must inspect all flooded or earthquake-damaged structures before anyone can go back into them.

4. After evacuation, check with local emergency officials if you think you have special skills and can help, or if you need assistance locating lost family members.

Disaster Preparedness Tips from Bandon Community Radio

Click here for a link to Bandon’s Tsunami Evacuation Map

  • Make a family plan
  • Know the tsunami and earthquake escape routes
  • Check home for hazards
  • Install/test smoke detectors every 6 months
  • Tie bookshelves and water heater to wall studs
  • Make records of possessions for insurance (take pictures of serial numbers) and secure storage for important records and papers (including pet info!)
  • Locate utility shutoffs, have wrenches handy (gas, water, oil)

Be Prepared for an Emergency!

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
Manual can opener
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
Extra batteries
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Multi-purpose tool
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Extra cash
Emergency blanket
Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children
Two-way radios
Extra set of car keys and house keys

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

N95 or surgical masks
Rain gear
Work gloves
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Plastic sheeting
Duct tape
Household liquid bleach
Entertainment items
Blankets or sleeping bags


Oregon Emergency Management
3225 State Street, P.O. Box 14370
Salem, OR 97309

Bandon Police Department
555 Highway 101
Bandon, OR 97411
541-347-2241 or 800-924-8996

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
800 NE Oregon Street #28, Suite 965
Portland, OR 97232

Nature of the Northwest Information Center
800 NE Oregon Street #28, Suite 965
Portland, OR 97232

International Tsunami Information Center
Box 50027
Honolulu, HI 96850-4993