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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

01/23/18 @ 11:40 Final Post for the 01/23/18 Earthquake and Tsunami Response


Early this morning an earthquake shook all of us into the keen awareness of being prepared during an emergency. For our coastal communities, the tsunami warning system alerted residents to evacuate to higher ground immediately; and the warnings worked. Area residents living in low lying areas followed the well-known evacuation routes and mustered at predetermined locations in their communities. And just as responders directed folks to sheltering locations, residents returned home after the all clear was released from a warning to an advisory status. First responders that continued to work well into this morning are commended for their commitment to residents’ safety #teamwork!

There are several warning systems that were triggered for the tsunami warning: (1) the wireless emergency alert system that worked automatically with the tsunami warning sirens; (2) the warning sirens located in coastal communities that are within tsunami inundation zones (remember, there are no sirens for inland communities); (3) the borough’s emergency notification system that alerts landlines and registered cellphones (aka “Rapid Notify”). Part of the after action is to review all warning systems, evaluate gaps and install improvements after final analysis.

It is times like this that we are reminded of the strong sense of community and neighborhood engagement, ensuring each other’s safety. It is an affirmation that we Alaskans are resilient and often reminded to be prepared in the times of local emergencies.  In the coming weeks, the borough will continue to post preparedness tidbits to aide your local preparedness.


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This is the final post for the 01/23/2018 Earthquake and Tsunami Response Messaging.

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01/23/18 @ 03:30 Tsunami Alerts Have Been Downgraded to "Advisory" for Coastal Communities

At 03:15AM the National Weather Service has downgraded the tsunami warning to ADVISORY for the coastal communities of Seward and Lowell Point in the Resurrection Bay low lying areas as well as in Homer, Seldovia, Port Graham and Nanwalek in the Kachemak Bay low lying areas.

Tidal severity levels forecast height of 0.4 feet in Seward AK (Resurrection Bay).

Tidal severity levels forecast height of 1 foot in Homer AK (Kachemak Bay).

Please follow first responders' directions for re-entry in your specific community. Use caution and continue to listen to local radio and VHF marine radio channels for updates.

01/23/18 @ 02:15AM Evacuations Underway on East and West Side of Kenai Peninsula

The Cities of Seward (Southeast Kenai Peninsula) and Homer (Southwest Kenai Peninsula) are currently under evacuation orders. First responders are urging residents to follow evacuation routes to higher ground. Listen to local radio stations or VHF marine radio channels for current updates. Do not re-enter low lying areas until the all clear has been determined.

01/23/18 @ 02:05 Tsunami Warning for Homer and Kachemak Bay Area Residents

The Borough Office of Emergency Management has released a RapidNotify statement for residents living in the Homer and low lying areas of Kachemak Bay. Registered cell phones within the notified area will receive the following message:
This is tsunami warning from the office of emergency management.
At 12:32AM an earthquake at preliminary magnitude of 8.2 occurred 175 miles SE of Kodiak City AK
This is tsunami warning from the Office of Emergency Management.
Estimated tsunami start time for Homer and Kachemak Bay area residents is 2:50AM January 23, 2018.
Coastal area residents - move inland to higher ground now.
Tsunami warning means dangerous series of waves many hours after the initial arrival.
Listen to local radio station or VHF marine radio for updates.
Coastal area residents - move inland to higher ground now.

01/23/18 @ 01:45AM Tsunami Warning For Seward and Resurrection Bay Residents

The Borough Office of Emergency Management has released a RapidNotify statement for residents living in the Seward and Resurrection Bay area. Registered cell phones within the notified area will receive the following message:
This is tsunami warning from the office of emergency management.
At 12:32AM an earthquake at preliminary magnitude of 8.2 occurred 175 miles SE of Kodiak City AK
This is tsunami warning from the Office of Emergency Management.
Estimated tsunami start time for Seward and Resurrection Bay area residents is 1:55AM January 23, 2018.
Coastal area residents - move inland to higher ground now.
Tsunami warning means dangerous series of waves many hours after the initial arrival.
Listen to local radio station or VHF marine radio for updates.
Coastal area residents - move inland to higher ground now.