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Press Release
November 24, 2009
Public Hearing on Adoption of Tsunami Warning Signals
A rescheduled public hearing to adopt a uniform tsunami warning siren will be held December 8 in Tillamook from 6-8 pm at the Tillamook 911 Center, 2311 Third Street.

Under the direction of Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), a team of specialists has reviewed existing research and best practices on tsunami warning systems and decided on a uniform state standard that provides the necessary consistency to reduce potential conflicts and confusion.

"The objective of the tsunami statutes and implementing rules is to reduce the risk of loss of life," said Althea Turner, Tsunami and Earthquake specialist at OEM.

Based on Oregon Senate Bill 557, Section 2 the uniform tsunami warning signal administrative rules must specify type of signal, duration of signal, volume of signal and location of delivery device.

The public is encouraged to attend and comment on the proposed plan. Public comment is open until December 11 and can be mailed in attn: Cherie Z., PO Box 14370, Salem, OR 97309.