Kodiak Takes Part in Mock Tsunami Exercise

October 25, 2013

Emergency management personnel in Kodiak, Alaska, took part in a drill this week to test their tsunami readiness.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Monday’s tabletop exercise involved the city and borough incident management team. It dealt with a threat after a simulated magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 150 miles southwest of Portland, Ore.

The drill tested the team’s ability to monitor a mock tsunami that headed toward British Columbia and the Alaska coast. It also involved confirming information, measuring wave heights and calculating when waves would hit Kodiak Island.

Team members also had to decide when to alert the public and the media and to make preparations for special groups, like those living in nursing homes.

The exercise was required preparation for the statewide Alaska Shield 2014 exercise on March 28.

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