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DOGAMI to discuss the “Beat the Wave” program, emergency shelter training set for Manzanita

The Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay will hold an Emergency Shelter Orientation and Drill Saturday, Mar. 2, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Manzanita Calvary Bible Church.

People interested in learning to serve at a shelter are invited to attend and participate.

The free training will cover shelter communications, feeding, information, registration, health services and safety. Participants will also drill with inventories of equipment, supplies and food.

Other people interested in portraying “clients,” people needing shelter in the emergency, are also welcome. They should arrive at 2 p.m.

Questions about the shelter drill, as well as requests to train or serve as clients, can be addressed to Velda Handler, RN, EVCNB Shelter Division Chair and Calvary Bible Church Shelter Coordinator at [email protected] or 503-812-4491.

“Beat the Wave”

Dr. Jonathan Allan, PhD, from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGMI), will discuss his organization’s new “Beat the Wave” project Wednesday, March 6, at 1 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita.

The study is designed to determine how much time people in the Nehalem Bay region would have to escape to safety after an earthquake, where they would need to go, and how fast they would have to travel to get there safely.

A large-scale Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake is expected to generate a disastrous tsunami. Coastal residents and visitors might only have 10-20 minutes to reach safety, and the only way to get there would be on foot.

The DOGAMI study is intended to map out the most efficient roads and trails to safety, determine how fast people will have to walk or run to beat the wave, plus whether bridge collapses or landslides will block escape routes, and if safe evacuation is even feasible.

Dr. Allan will be asking locals if they know of any “non-traditional” routes they are planning to use for evacuation – especially any that are not obvious on current maps.

The Mar. 6 presentation is being hosted by the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay. Website