Clam Beach Tsunami Siren Test on Friday

Just in from the Sheriff’s Dept:

Subject: TSUNAMI SIREN TEST CLAM BEACH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The newly-installed tsunami warning siren located at the Clam Beach Campground near the Hwy 101 and Central Avenue intersection will be tested on Friday, August 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. The test will be a one minute-long activation of the siren. Some area residents, members of the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group, and participating representatives of various local, state, and federal agencies will observe and record various test activities. Those activities include determining the range of the audible siren signal and timing the movement along various evacuation routes from the tsunami inundation zone.

Additional Related Information:

The warning siren at Trinidad was installed as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) grant to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services. That grant funded the installation of sirens or siren components at (listed north to south) Orick, Big Lagoon, Trinidad, Clam Beach, Manila, Samoa, Woodley Island, Fairhaven, Fields Landing, and Shelter Cove. In addition, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company installed the siren at King Salmon and provided a generous donation of siren components for installation at the other sites. The 11-site siren system installation is nearing completion. Additional siren sites will be tested over the next few months as they become fully operational.

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4 responses to “Clam Beach Tsunami Siren Test on Friday

  1. AJ

    Is the siren at the top, or the bottom, of the hill? If it’s at the bottom, where is a siren located that will alert most of McKinleyville?

  2. jackdurham

    The siren is located near the Clam Beach campground on the west side of the freeway. The rest of McKinleyville is outside the tsunami hazard zone.

    But, I suspect I could find a couple homes here and there that are inside the zone. For example, isn’t there a house at a low elevation on Widow Wide Creek? What about the houses west of the U.S. Highway 101 on the north bank of the Mad River?

  3. AJ

    That seems short-sighted. People up on the hill go to the beach and drive along 101 through Arcata. Consider how loud the pile driver is when the support beams are being placed on the new Mad River bridges. You can faintly hear the pile driver through some of McKinleyville, but from inside a car with the windows up, the sound is not audible except when driving near the bridge.

    People living right next to the beach, but technically outside the danger zone (e.g., all of McKinleyville), need to know not to enter the danger zone. That could happen simply by placing a siren in the center of town. I’d rather not drive down the hill and enter the highway, only to hear the siren when it’s too late and have to drive to Valley West and back again to reach a safe zone, maybe in the meantime getting sideswiped by waves.

  4. jackdurham

    That’s not a bad idea.

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