Cannon Beach run supports tsunami safety
Oregon’s “Race the Wave Run” returns to Cannon Beach on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The event helps prepare coastal residents and visitors for emergency evacuation and response to a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. The second annual race will start on the beach and follow a scenic evacuation route through the city. Race the Wave will conclude outside the tsunami inundation zone at the city’s supply/cache containers.
Following the race, a “preparedness fair” will feature grilled hot dogs, games, emergency preparedness giveaways, educational displays and more. This year’s event also includes a one-mile preparedness walk/roll along a fully paved evacuation route. All levels of mobility are encouraged to participate.
“This will offer a chance for everyone to practice,” said Justin Ross, Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator from the Oregon Office on Disability and Health. “The one mile course is free and great for those interested in walking a shorter distance as well as people with limited mobility.”
Registration includes a race t-shirt, a swag bag with valuable preparedness items, and shuttle service between the race start, finish-line, and the preparedness fair.
“Knowing and practicing evacuation routes is a simple way to become more prepared for a tsunami or any emergency that could impact your community,” said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. “This is a fun way to address a serious topic, and I am excited to support this unique preparedness initiative because we know activities like this could save lives when a disaster happens.”
Being able to quickly move to high ground is critical. A tsunami caused by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake could strike the Oregon coast in as little as 15-minutes. The violent quake would be the only warning that a tsunami is about to arrive.
Oregon Congresswoman Susanne Bonamici, who participated in last year’s Race the Wave, said she is making it a priority to attend this year’s event.
“We need to increase awareness about the unique risks tsunamis pose to our coastlines and educate people about how to respond when there is an emergency. Race the Wave is a great way for residents and visitors to practice tsunami evacuation routes and learn more about what they can do to prepare their families and their communities. The event is the result of a fantastic partnership among federal, state, and local agencies and organizations, and I hope Race the Wave will continue to grow and spread to other coastal communities in the future.”
Race the Wave is supported by the community of Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Children’s Center, Clatsop County Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Office on Disability & Health at Oregon Health & Science University, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X office, and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
About Race the Wave
When: Sunday September 13, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Where: Starting line at NeCus’ Park, 268 Beaver Street Cannon Beach, OR 97110. Finish line and preparedness fair near the tsunami supply cache site on Elk Creek Road.
Cost: $35 registration includes timing and a free t-shirt. Group pricing: $5 off for groups of 10 or more. Early registration discount: $5 off for registration before August 13, 2015. One-mile walk/roll and preparedness fair are open to all and doesn’t require a registration.
September is National Preparedness Month in Oregon
Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed September as “National Preparedness Month” in our state. The proclamation encourages all Oregonians to join in observance and learn about ways to prepare for all types of emergencies. The proclamation also states that the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has made it a top priority to conduct outreach and educate the citizens of Oregon on the importance of preparing for emergencies.
Oregon Travel Experience will assist OEM and other sister state agencies in spreading the word about educational programs activities on disaster preparation throughout the month.
Visit http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM for information about emergency management programs in Oregon or www.Ready.gov to learn more about the risks facing communities, and learn more about how you can prepare.